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The dartmouth/campus dataset (v. 2004-12-18)  >  the syslog traceset

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Timestamped, sanitized syslog records from Dartmouth wireless network.


The traceset of nearly continuous recording of the syslog records produced by the access points, from 2001-04-11 to 2004-06-30. UNIX timestamps have been added to each log record, and MAC addresses and AP names sanitized.

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We configured the access points to transmit a syslog message every time a client card authenticated, associated, reassociated, disassociated, or deauthenticated with the access point. Each message contains the AP name, the MAC address of the card, and the type of message. Dartmouth currently has no authentication to associate with the network, so we do not know the identity of users, and the IP address given to a user varies from time to time and building to building.


Every MAC address has been sanitized, and the IP address or host name of client machines has been removed. To sanitize the MAC address, we randomized the bottom six hex digits. We collected every MAC address from all of our syslog, SNMP, an tcpdump traces, and built a huge table mapping real MACs to randomized MACs, ensuring that all mappings are unique. Each access point name has been blinded in the form: AcadBldg10AP3 where this indicates the third AP in the tenth building of type 'Academic.' The building types are Adm (Admin), Ath (Athletic), Lib (Library), Oth (Other - mainly sysadmin test APs), Res (Residential) and Soc (Social). Refer to note for details.

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We only have a list of these holes in fall 2001. We had ``spatial holes'' because many APs did not send syslogs. [Configuration mistake.] And temporal holes, because our syslog recording server(s) failed. You may refer to note for details. It also appears that the engineering school's APs, building name ''cummings'' did not send any messages after they installed a firewall in early 2002 until I noticed the problem and asked them to open a hole in the firewall in late 2002.

Since syslog messages are sent from the APs to a relaying server (ns1), and from ns1 to our syslog recording servers, as UDP messages, it is possible for them to be lost or reordered along the way. The timestamps are applied by the syslog daemon on our host, so the timestamps are monotonically increasing. But, the events may have been recorded out of order, and some may be missing. We believe this effect is small enough to be negligible. We have two syslog recording servers, and we do not see the same event with different timestamps in the two servers. From 10/19/2003 this no longer applies.

 the dartmouth/campus/syslog/01_04 trace
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