Traceroute based IP channel for sending hidden short messages

Zouheir Trabelsi, Hesham El-Sayed, Lilia Frikha, Tamer Rabie

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The paper proposes a novel IP channel for sending hidden short messages, based mainly on the use of the "traceroute" command and the IP header Record route options. Instead of encrypting a hidden message or embedding it into a multimedia object, as in traditional multimedia steganography, we process the entire message and generate several IP packets with different types to carry the secret message. Thereby we foil an eavesdropper who is primarily applying statistical tests to detect encrypted communication channels. We show that our approach provides more protection against Steganalysis and sniffing attacks. A friendly graphical tool has been implemented to demonstrate the proposed secret IP channel.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Information and Computer Security - First International Workshop on Security, IWSEC 2006, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)3540476997, 9783540476993
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event1st International Workshop on Security, IWSEC 2006 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: Oct 23 2006Oct 24 2006

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4266 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other1st International Workshop on Security, IWSEC 2006


  • Covert channel
  • Hidden information
  • IP header Record route option
  • Steganalysis
  • Traceroute

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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