Information hiding in SOAP messages:a steganographic method for web services

Alrouh, Bachar and Almohammad, Adel and Ghinea, Gheorghita (2011) Information hiding in SOAP messages:a steganographic method for web services. International Journal for Information Security Research (IJISR), 1 (1-2). pp. 61-70.

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Abstract

Digital steganography is the art and science of hiding communications; a steganographic system thus embeds secret data in public cover media so as not to arouse an eavesdropper’s suspicion. Hence, it is a kind of covert communication and information security. There are still very limited methods of steganography to be used with communication protocols, which represent unconventional but promising steganography mediums. In this paper, we discuss and analyze a number of steganographic studies in text, XML as well as SOAP messages. Then, we propose a novel steganography method to be used for SOAP messages within Web services environments. The method is based on rearranging the order of specific XML elements according to a secret message. This method has a high imperceptibility; it leaves almost no trail because of using the communication protocol as a cover medium, and since it keeps the structure and size of the SOAP message intact. The method is empirically validated using a feasible scenario so as to indicate its utility and value.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal for Information Security Research (IJISR)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 75450
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 09 Sep 2015 06:33
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2019 18:43
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/75450

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