Don’t Give the Network a Function, Teach the Network how to Function!

Organizations are increasingly prone to outsource network functions to the cloud, aiming to reduce the cost and the complexity of maintaining network infrastructures. At the same time, however, outsourcing implies that sensitive network policies, such as firewall rules, are revealed to the cloud provider. In this talk, I will walk you through investigation of the use of a few cryptographic primitives for processing outsourced network functions, so that the provider does not learn any sensitive information.

I will present a cryptographic treatment of privacy-preserving outsourcing of network functions, introducing security definitions as well as an abstract model of generic network functions, and then propose a few instantiations using homomorphic encryption and public-key encryption with keyword search. This will be an illustration of things you should not do if you are after high performance Function Outsourcing. On the other hand however, that shows that it is feasible if Performance, as in run time performance, is not critical.

I will then presents SplitBox, an efficient system for privacy-preserving processing of network functions that are outsourced as software processes to the cloud. Specifically, cloud providers processing the network functions do not learn the network policies instructing how the functions are to be processed. First, I will present an abstract model of a generic network function based on match-action pairs. We assume that this function is processed in a distributed manner by multiple honest-but-curious cloud service providers. Then, I will describe in detail the SplitBox system for private network function virtualization and present a proof-of-concept implementation on FastClick, an extension of the Click modular router, using a firewall as a use case. This PoC achieves a throughput of over 2 Gbps with 1 kB-sized packets on average, traversing up to 60 firewall rules.


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