Poster: IoT Location Impact on Network Behavior and MUD

Anat Bremler-Barr, Bar Meyuhas, Ran Shister
Poster and brief announcement
Internet of Things (IoT)


Analyzing the network behavior of IoT devices, including which domains, protocols, and ports the device communicates with, is a fundamental challenge for IoT security and identification. Solutions that analyze and manage these areas must be able to learn what constitutes normal device behavior and then extract rules and features to permit only legitimate behavior or to identify the device. The Manufacturer Usage Description (MUD) is an IETF white-list protection scheme that formalizes the authorized network behavior in a MUD file; this MUD file can then be used as a type of firewall mechanism.
We demonstrate that learning what is normal behavior for an IoT device is more challenging than expected. In many cases, the same IoT device, with the same firmware, can exhibit different behavior or connect to different domains with different protocols. This behavior can even change, depending on the device’s geographical location. Thus, MUD functioning and IoT identification methods may not be effective in different locations. The reasons for this vary from country requirements to weak encryption, privacy regulations, CDN-like solutions, and more.

  title={Poster: IoT Location Impact on Network Behavior and MUD},
  author={Bremler-Barr, Anat and Meyuhas, Bar and Shister, Ran},