[openstack-dev] [Neutron] Project Idea: IDS integration.

Salvatore Orlando sorlando at nicira.com
Sun Jan 18 12:42:38 UTC 2015

Hello Mario,

IDS surely is an interesting topic for OpenStack integration. I think there
might be users out there which could be interested in having this
capability in OpenStack networks.
As Kevin said, we are moving towards a model where it becomes easier for
developers to add such capabilities in the form of "service plugins" - you
should be able to develop everything you need in a separate repository and
still integrate it with Neutron.

According to what you wrote you have just a bit more than 100 hours to
spend on this project. What can be achieved in this timeframe really
depends on one's skills, but I believe it could be enough to provide some
sort of Proof-of-Concept. However, this time won't be enough at all if you
also aim to seek feedback on your proposal, build a consensus and a
developer community around it. Unsurprisingly these aspects, albeit not
technically challenging, take an awful lot more time than coding!

Therefore the only advice I have here is that you should focus on achieving
your real goal, which is graduate with the highest possible marks! Then, if
from your thesis there will be something to gain for the OpenStack
community, that would be awesome. With a PoC implementation and perhaps
some time on your hands, you can then be able to work with the community to
transform your masters' project into an OpenStack project and avoid it
becomes a bitrotting shelved piece of code.


On 18 January 2015 at 10:45, Kevin Benton <blak111 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Mario,
> There is currently a large backlog of network-related features that many
> people want to develop for Neutron. The model of adding them all to the
> main neutron codebase has failed to keep up. Due to this, all of the
> advanced services (LBaaS, FWaaS, etc) are being separated into their own
> repositories. The main Neutron repo will only be for establishing L2/L3
> connectivity and providing a framework for other networking services to
> build on. You can read more about it in the advanced services split
> blueprint.[1]
> Based on what you've described, it sounds like you would be developing an
> IDS service plugin with a driver/plugin framework for different vendors.
> For an initial proof of concept, you could do it in github to get started
> quickly or you can also request a new stackforge repo for it. The benefit
> of stackforge is that you get the OpenStack testing infrastructure and
> integration with its gerrit system so other OpenStack developers don't have
> to switch code review workflows to contribute.
> To gauge interest, I would try emailing the OpenStack users list. It
> doesn't matter if developers are interested if nobody ever wants to
> actually try it out.
> 1. https://blueprints.launchpad.net/neutron/+spec/services-split
> Cheers,
> Kevin Benton
> On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 2:32 PM, Mario Tejedor González <
> m.tejedor-gonzalez at mycit.ie> wrote:
>> Hello, Neutron developers.
>> My name is Mario and I am a Masters student in Networking and Security.
>> I am considering the possibility of integrating IDS technology to Neutron
>> as part of my Masters project.
>> As there are many flavors of open ID[P]S out there and those might follow
>> different philosophies, my approach would be developing a Neutron plugin
>> that might cover IDS integration as a service and also a driver (or more,
>> depending on time constraints) to cover the specifics of an IDS. Following
>> the nature of Neutron and OpenStack projects these drivers would be
>> developed for Free and Open Software IDSs and the plugin would be as
>> vendor-agnostic as possible. In order to achieve that the plugin would have
>> to deal with the need for logging and alerting.
>> The time window I have for the development of this project goes from
>> February to the end of June and I would be able to allocate around 5h a
>> week to it.
>> Now, I would like to know your opinion on this idea, given that you know
>> the project inside out and you are the ones making it happen day after day.
>> Do you think there is usefulness on bringing that functionality inside
>> the Neutron project (as a plugin)? I'd prefer do something that contributes
>> to it rather than a one-shot piece of software that will be stored on a
>> shelf.
>> I'd like to know if you think that what I am proposing is possible in
>> terms of time and features or if it seems to be just the delusion of an
>> ignorant.
>> Do you think the component should also have the capability to change
>> security-related policies, like load-balancing and firewall rules as to
>> react to identified threats?
>> I would appreciate any insight you could give me about this idea, or any
>> other I could help with instead.
>> Thank you for your attention,
>> Mario
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