A virtualized infrastructure to offer network mapping functionality in SDN networks

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International Journal of Communication Systems
  • Fecha: 01 January 2019
  • ISSN: 10991131 10745351
  • Source Type: Journal
  • DOI: 10.1002/dac.3961
  • Document Type: Article
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd Southern Gate Chichester, West Sussex PO19 8SQ
© 2019 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. The separation of control and forwarding planes in software-defined networking (SDN) networks is a key issue of the SDN technology. This feature and the existence of the SDN controller allow the developing of dynamic, adaptable and manageable networks, networks that require adequate services, and applications. However, the separation of these planes prevents the use of existing powerful tools that were coded considering traditional networks. In this paper, we make use of the potential of network virtualization (NV) technologies to propose the use of a virtualized infrastructure that makes possible the incorporation of these existing services and/or applications to an SDN network, without the need for programming additional and complex software modules in the SDN controller. Thus, in this paper, NV is not employed to develop a network managed by SDN but to broaden and give support to the SDN control layer. As an example, we describe the incorporation of nmap (a versatile and powerful tool widely used by security experts for network exploration) into the SDN framework. It is only necessary to develop a simple control plane service that thanks to the proposed virtualized infrastructure allows the inclusion of this powerful management application. The result offers the complete functionality of the nmap utility to the network administrators, who control the SDN network through the out-of-band control plane. In addition, a northbound REST API has been defined to offer the main functionality of the tool (host discovery, port scanning, and operating system detection) to the application layer.

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