[bittorrent] NauBTilus - secure and survivable BitTorrent-based system with data updates

Harold Feit dwknight at depthstrike.com
Fri Sep 4 11:44:30 EDT 2009

BeCe wrote:
> Hi,
> As I informed couple of months ago, I was working on BitTorrent-based 
> distribution system. Now, when my thesis is ready I would like to share 
> the results, in form of article, with those who are interested. 
> Unfortunately the article is not yet finished (it's very late draft) and 
> not yet officially published, so I can't make it publicly available (at 
> least not yet). For this reason, anyone who would like to read it, 
> please send me request (through my e-mail) and I will send you the 
> article. Additionally, if you happen to be academic, I'd be thankful for 
> (even short) review, because I'm participating in the contest for best 
> Polish master thesis in the computer science area. Nonetheless all kind 
> of feedback is very welcome (including critical one).
> Abstract of article:
> "We present NauBTilus, a new BitTtorrent-based distribution system, 
> which  enables to survive Distributed Denial Of Service (DDoS) attacks 
> and provides mechanism for securing data updates. In NauBTilus we use 
> proven in practice BitTorrent foundations to create a new network that 
> would serve a quite different purpose. In the design process we 
> eliminated some of original BT flaws, like need to have constantly 
> available tracker.
A flaw that is already fixed by way of DHT and PEX (except for private
trackers, but I won't get into those). Not only does the tracker not
need to be permanent, it also now doesn't need to be there at all.

This also fixes the segregated subswarm issue below.

> We show how NauBTilus can be used to handle attacks, 
> failures and how the update mechanism can be use to rejoin possible 
> disconnected subswarms (which could happen with longer tracker 
> downtime). We also exploit the idea of taking tools used in botnets in 
> order to help defend network from their attacks."

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