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  1. Wireless News

  2. Wireless News • China blacklists 102 wireless services • accused 102 companies in the country's wireless-services industry of illegal behavior • If the companies have not corrected themselves within a set period, they will have their licenses revoked

  3. Wireless News • Malaysia scraps wireless-broadband license tender • On Tuesday, they cancelled on a tender for their first wireless broadband license • Setback in the country's ambitions to become a leader in mobile high-speed Internet access by the end of 2006

  4. Wireless News

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  6. Wireless News

  7. CWNA Guide to Wireless LANs, Second Edition Chapter Eight Wireless LAN Security and Vulnerabilities

  8. Objectives • Define information security • Explain the basic security protections for IEEE 802.11 WLANs • List the vulnerabilities of the IEEE 802.11 standard • Describe the types of wireless attacks that can be launched against a wireless network

  9. Security Principles: What is Information Security? • Information security: Task of guarding digital information • Ensures protective measures properly implemented • Protects confidentiality, integrity, and availability (CIA) on the devices that store, manipulate, and transmit the information through products, people, and procedures

  10. Security Principles: What is Information Security? Figure 8-1: Information security components

  11. Security Principles: Challenges of Securing Information • Trends influencing increasing difficultly in information security: • Speed of attacks • Sophistication of attacks • Faster detection of weaknesses • Day zero attacks • Distributed attacks • The “many against one” approach • Impossible to stop attack by trying to identify and block source

  12. Security Principles: Categories of Attackers • Six categories of attackers: • Hackers • Not malicious; expose security flaws • Crackers • Script kiddies • Spies • Employees • Cyberterrorists

  13. Security Principles: Categories of Attackers (continued) Table 8-1: Attacker profiles

  14. Security Principles: Security Organizations • Many security organizations exist to provide security information, assistance, and training • Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center (CERT/CC) • Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) • InfraGard • Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) • National Security Institute (NSI) • SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security (SANS) Institute

  15. Basic IEEE 802.11 Security Protections • Data transmitted by a WLAN could be intercepted and viewed by an attacker • Important that basic wireless security protections be built into WLANs • Three categories of WLAN protections: • Access control • Wired equivalent privacy (WEP) • Authentication • Some protections specified by IEEE, while others left to vendors

  16. Access Control • Intended to guard availability of information • Wireless access control: Limit user’s admission to AP • Filtering • Media Access Control (MAC) address filtering: Based on a node’s unique MAC address Figure 8-2: MAC address

  17. Access Control Figure 8-4: MAC address filtering

  18. Access Control • MAC address filtering considered to be a basic means of controlling access • Requires pre-approved authentication • Difficult to provide temporary access for “guest” devices

  19. Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) • Guard the confidentiality of information • Ensure only authorized parties can view it • Used in IEEE 802.11 to encrypt wireless transmissions • “Scrambling”

  20. WEP: Cryptography • Cryptography: Science of transforming information so that it is secure while being transmitted or stored • scrambles” data • Encryption: Transforming plaintext to ciphertext • Decryption: Transforming ciphertext to plaintext • Cipher: An encryption algorithm • Given a key that is used to encrypt and decrypt messages • Weak keys: Keys that are easily discovered

  21. WEP: Cryptography Figure 8-5: Cryptography

  22. WEP: Implementation • IEEE 802.11 cryptography objectives: • Efficient • Exportable • Optional • Reasonably strong • Self-synchronizing • WEP relies on secret key “shared” between a wireless device and the AP • Same key installed on device and AP • Private key cryptography or symmetric encryption

  23. WEP: Implementation Figure 8-6: Symmetric encryption

  24. WEP: Implementation • WEP shared secret keys must be at least 40 bits • Most vendors use 104 bits • Options for creating WEP keys: • 40-bit WEP shared secret key (5 ASCII characters or 10 hexadecimal characters) • 104-bit WEP shared secret key (13 ASCII characters or 16 hexadecimal characters) • Passphrase (16 ASCII characters) • APs and wireless devices can store up to four shared secret keys • Default key used for all encryption

  25. WEP: Implementation Figure 8-8: Default WEP keys

  26. WEP: Implementation Figure 8-9: WEP encryption process

  27. WEP: Implementation • When encrypted frame arrives at destination: • Receiving device separates IV from ciphertext • Combines IV with appropriate secret key • Create a keystream • Keystream used to extract text and ICV • Text run through CRC • Ensure ICVs match and nothing lost in transmission • Generating keystream using the PRNG is based on the RC4 cipher algorithm • Stream Cipher

  28. WEP: Implementation Figure 8-10: Stream cipher

  29. Authentication • IEEE 802.11 authentication: Process in which AP accepts or rejects a wireless device • Open system authentication: • Wireless device sends association request frame to AP • Carries info about supported data rates and service set identifier (SSID) • AP compares received SSID with the network SSID • If they match, wireless device authenticated

  30. Authentication • Shared key authentication: Uses WEP keys • AP sends the wireless device the challenge text • Wireless device encrypts challenge text with its WEP key and returns it to the AP • AP decrypts returned result and compares to original challenge text • If they match, device accepted into network

  31. Vulnerabilities of IEEE 802.11 Security • IEEE 802.11 standard’s security mechanisms for wireless networks have fallen short of their goal • Vulnerabilities exist in: • Authentication • Address filtering • WEP

  32. Open System Authentication Vulnerabilities • Inherently weak • Based only on match of SSIDs • SSID beaconed from AP during passive scanning • Easy to discover • Vulnerabilities: • Beaconing SSID is default mode in all APs • Not all APs allow beaconing to be turned off • Or manufacturer recommends against it • SSID initially transmitted in plaintext (unencrypted)

  33. Open System Authentication Vulnerabilities • Vulnerabilities (continued): • If an attacker cannot capture an initial negotiation process, can force one to occur • SSID can be retrieved from an authenticated device • Many users do not change default SSID • Several wireless tools freely available that allow users with no advanced knowledge of wireless networks to capture SSIDs

  34. Open System Authentication Vulnerabilities Figure 8-12: Forcing the renegotiation process

  35. Shared Secret Key Authentication Vulnerabilities • Attackers can view key on an approved wireless device (i.e., steal it), and then use on own wireless devices • Brute force attack: Attacker attempts to create every possible key combination until correct key found • Dictionary attack: Takes each word from a dictionary and encodes it in same way as passphrase • Compare encoded dictionary words against encrypted frame

  36. Shared Secret Key Authentication Vulnerabilities • AP sends challenge text in plaintext • Attacker can capture challenge text and device’s response (encrypted text and IV) • Mathematically derive keystream

  37. Shared Secret Key Authentication Vulnerabilities Table 8-2: Authentication attacks

  38. Address Filtering Vulnerabilities Table 8-3: MAC address attacks

  39. WEP Vulnerabilities • Uses 40 or 104 bit keys • Shorter keys easier to crack • WEP implementation violates cardinal rule of cryptography • Creates detectable pattern for attackers • APs end up repeating IVs • Collision: Two packets derived from same IV • Attacker can use info from collisions to initiate a keystream attack

  40. WEP Vulnerabilities Figure 8-13: XOR operations

  41. WEP Vulnerabilities (continued) Figure 8-14: Capturing packets

  42. WEP Vulnerabilities (continued) • PRNG does not create true random number • Pseudorandom • First 256 bytes of the RC4 cipher can be determined by bytes in the key itself Table 8-4: WEP attacks

  43. Other Wireless Attacks: Man-in-the-Middle Attack • Makes it seem that two computers are communicating with each other • Actually sending and receiving data with computer between them • Active or passive Figure 8-15: Intercepting transmissions

  44. Other Wireless Attacks: Man-in-the-Middle Attack Figure 8-16: Wireless man-in-the-middle attack

  45. Other Wireless Attacks: Denial of Service (DoS) Attack • Standard DoS attack attempts to make a server or other network device unavailable by flooding it with requests • Attacking computers programmed to request, but not respond • Wireless DoS attacks are different: • Jamming: Prevents wireless devices from transmitting • Forcing a device to continually dissociate and re-associate with AP

  46. Summary • Information security protects the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information on the devices that store, manipulate, and transmit the information through products, people, and procedures • Significant challenges in keeping wireless networks and devices secure • Six categories of attackers: Hackers, crackers, script kiddies, computer spies, employees, and cyberterrorists

  47. Summary • Three categories of default wireless protection: access control, wired equivalent privacy (WEP), and authentication • Significant security vulnerabilities exist in the IEEE 802.11 security mechanisms • Man-in-the-middle attacks and denial of service attacks (DoS) can be used to attack wireless networks