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A Retrofit Network Intrusion Detection System for MODBUS RTU and ASCII Industrial Control Systems

Morris, T., Vaughn, R., & Dandass, Y. (2012). A Retrofit Network Intrusion Detection System for MODBUS RTU and ASCII Industrial Control Systems. Proceedings of the 45th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Maui, HI: IEEE.

Abstract

MODBUS RTU/ASCII Snort is software to retrofit serial based industrial control systems to add Snort intrusion detection and intrusion prevention capabilities. This article discusses the need for such a system by describing 4 classes of intrusion vulnerabilities (denial of service, command injection, response injection, and system reconnaissance) which can be exploited on MODBUS RTU/ASCII industrial control systems. The article provides details on how Snort rules can detect and prevent such intrusions. Finally, the article describes the MODBUS RTU/ASCII Snort implementation, provides details on placement of a MODBUS RTU/ASCII Snort host within a control system to maximize intrusion detection and prevention capabilities, and discusses the systemís validation.