PIDS: a behavioral framework for analysis and detection of network printer attacks

Asaf Hecht, Adi Sagi, Yuval Elovici

2018 13th International Conference on Malicious and Unwanted Software …, 2018

Nowadays, every organization might be attacked through its network printers. The malicious exploitation of printing protocols is a dangerous and underestimated threat against every printer today. This article presents PIDS (Printers’ IDS), an intrusion detection system for detecting attacks on printing protocols. PIDS continuously captures various features and events obtained from traffic produced by printing protocols in order to detect attacks. As part of this research, we conducted thousands of automatic and manual printing protocol attacks on various printers and recorded thousands of the printers’ benign network sessions. Then we applied various supervised machine learning algorithms to classify the collected data as normal (benign) or abnormal (malicious). We evaluated several detection algorithms in order to obtain the best detection results for malicious protocol traffic of printers. Our empirical results suggest …