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1 SSL, HTTPS and the Lock Icon Borrowed from Dan Boneh & others

2 Goals for this lecture Brief overview of HTTPS: How the SSL/TLS protocol works (very briefly) How to use HTTPS Integrating HTTPS into the browser Lots of user interface problems to watch for 2

3 Threat Model: Network Attacker Network Attacker: Controls network infrastructure: Routers, DNS Passive attacker: only eavesdrops on net traffic Active attacker: eavesdrops, injects, blocks, and modifies packets Examples: Wireless network at Internet Café Internet access at hotels (untrusted ISP) 3

4 Reminder: Public-Key Encryption Alice Enc m c Bob Dec c m PK Bob SK Bob Bob generates (SK Bob, PK Bob ) Alice: using PK Bob encrypts messages and only Bob can decrypt Public-key encryption: 4

5 Certificates How does Alice (browser) obtain PK Bob ? CA PK and proof “I am Bob” Browser Alice SK CA check proof issue Cert with SK CA : Bob’s key is PK choose (SK,PK ) Server Bob PK CA verify Cert Bob uses Cert for an extended period (e.g. one year) PK CA 5

6 Certificates: example Important fields: 6

7 Certificates on the web Subject’s CommonName can be: An explicit name, e.g., or A wildcard cert, e.g. * or cs* matching rules: “ * ” must occur in leftmost component, does not match “.” example: * matches but not (as in RFC 2818: “HTTPS over TLS”) 7

8 Managing your certificates Firefox: Tools > Options > Advanced > Certificates

9 Certificate Authorities Browsers accept certificates from a large number of CAs Top level CAs ≈ 60 Intermediate CAs ≈ 1200 9


11 SSL/TLS: the cryptographic protocol in HTTPS Establish a session Agree on algorithms Share secrets Perform authentication Transfer application data Ensure privacy and integrity 11

12 Handshake Negotiate Cipher-Suite Algorithms Symmetric cipher to use Key exchange method Message digest function Establish and share master secret Optionally authenticate server and/or client 12

13 Brief overview of SSL/TLS browser server SK client-hello server-hello + server-cert ( PK ) key exchange (several options) Finished cert client-key-exchange: E(PK, k) rand. k k HTTP data encrypted, Symmetric cipher(k) Most common: server authentication only 13

14 ClientHello C S Client announces (in plaintext): Protocol version he is running Cryptographic algorithms he supports

15 struct { ProtocolVersion client_version; Random random; SessionID session_id; CipherSuite cipher_suites; CompressionMethod compression_methods; } ClientHello ClientHello (RFC) Highest version of the protocol supported by the client Set of cryptographic algorithms supported by the client (e.g., RSA or Diffie-Hellman)


17 ServerHello C Version c, suite c, N c ServerHello S Server responds (in plaintext) with: Highest protocol version supported by both client and server Strongest cryptographic suite selected from those offered by the client Server selects the protocol version and the crypto algorithms

18 ServerKeyExchange C Version s, suite s, N s, ServerKeyExchange S Server sends his public-key certificate containing either his RSA, or his Diffie-Hellman public key (depending on chosen crypto suite) Version c, suite c, N c

19 ClientKeyExchange C Version s, suite s, N s, sig ca (S,K s ), “ServerHelloDone” S Version c, suite c, N c ClientKeyExchange Client generates some secret key material and sends it to the server encrypted with the server’s public key (if using RSA) Client selects what will become the secret session key

20 What is Authenticated in SSL ? #1 Server’s PK provided as a Cert signed by CA Browser has CA’s public key Verified signature  Trust the server’s PK But does the server hold the matching SK ? 20

21 What is Authenticated in SSL? #2 Browser’s secret random k encrypted by PK Server decrypts k Browser & server derive shared secret key All subsequent messages are encrypted With symmetric cipher, e.g. RC4 If browser decrypts successfully  Server got the correct k  Server had the SK matching the Cert  Server is authenticated Client is NOT authenticated: usually has to login (through the encrypted channel) 21

22 Version Rollback Attack C Version s =2.0, suite s, N s, sig ca (S,K s ), “ServerHelloDone” S Version c =2.0, suite c, N c {Secret c } Ks C and S end up communicating using SSL 2.0 (weaker earlier version of the protocol that does not include “Finished” messages) Server is fooled into thinking he is communicating with a client who supports only SSL 2.0 Fixed in SSL v3.0

23 “Chosen-Protocol” Attacks Why do people release new versions of security protocols? Because the old version got broken! New version must be backward-compatible Not everybody upgrades right away Attacker can fool someone into using the old, broken version and exploit known vulnerability Similar: fool victim into using weak crypto algorithms Defense is hard: must authenticate version early Many protocols had “version rollback” attacks SSL, SSH, GSM (cell phones)

24 HTTPS in the Browser

25 The lock icon: SSL indicator Intended goal: Provide user with identity of page origin Indicate to user that page contents were not viewed or modified by a network attacker In reality: Origin ID is not always helpful example: Stanford HR is hosted at Many other problems (next few slides) 25

26 When is the (basic) lock icon displayed All elements on the page fetched using HTTPS (with some exceptions) For all elements: HTTPS cert issued by a CA trusted by browser HTTPS cert is valid (e.g. not expired) CommonName in cert matches domain in URL 26

27 The lock UI: Extended Validation (EV) Certs Green background or text in browser URL Harder to obtain than regular certs requires human lawyer at CA to approve cert request Designed for banks and large e-commerce sites 27

28 A general UI attack: picture-in-picture Trained users are more likely to fall victim to this [JSTB’07] 28

29 HTTPS and login pages: the bad way Users often land on login page over HTTP: Type site’s HTTP URL into address bar, or Google links to the HTTP page

{ "@context": "", "@type": "ImageObject", "contentUrl": "", "name": "HTTPS and login pages: the bad way Users often land on login page over HTTP: Type site’s HTTP URL into address bar, or Google links to the HTTP page

30 HTTPS and login pages: guidelines General guideline: never show a login screen via http Response to should beRedirect:

31 Problems with HTTPS and the Lock Icon

32 1. HTTP  HTTPS upgrade Common use pattern: browse site over HTTP; move to HTTPS for checkout connect to bank over HTTP; move to HTTPS for login Easy attack: prevent the upgrade (ssl_strip) [Moxie’08]  Location: https ://...  Location: http ://... (redirect)  web server attacker SSLHTTP 32

33 Tricks and Details Tricks: drop-in a clever fav icon (older browsers) Details: Erase existing session and force user to login: ssl_strip injects “Set-cookie” headers to delete existing session cookies in browser. Number of users who detected HTTP downgrade: 0  33

34 2. Semantic attacks on certs International domains: Rendered using international character set Observation: Chinese character set contains chars that look like “/” and “?” and “.” and “=” Attack: buy domain cert for * setup domain called: note: single cert * works for all sites Extended validation (EV) certs may help defeat this 34

35 [Moxie’08] 35

36 3. Certificate Issuance Woes Wrong issuance: 2011: Comodo and DigiNotar RAs hacked, issue certs for Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, … Rogue CA:  2009: Etisalat CA in UAE Signs software patch on behalf of RIM  PacketForensics: HTTPS MiTM for law enforcement (see also ) ⇒ enables eavesdropping w/o a warning in user’s browser 36

37 Man in the middle attack using rogue certs Attacker proxies data between user and bank. Sees all traffic and can modify data at will. bank attacker ClientHello BankCertBadguyCert ServerCert (Bank) ServerCert (rogue) GET SSL key exchange k1k1 k1k1 k2k2 k2k2 HTTP data enc with k 1 HTTP data enc with k 2 (cert for Bank by a valid CA) 37

38 What to do? (many good ideas) 1.HTTP public-key pinning, TACK Let a site declare CAs that can sign its cert on subsequent HTTPS, browser rejects certs for site issued by other CAs TOFU: Trust on First Use 2.Certificate Transparency: [LL’12] idea: CA’s must advertise a log of all certs. they issued Browser will only use a cert if it is on the CA’s log Efficient implementation using Merkle hash trees Companies can scan logs to look for invalid issuance 38

39 4. Mixed Content: HTTP and HTTPS Page loads over HTTPS, but contains content over HTTP (e.g. ) Active network attacker can hijack session Modifies script en-route to browser Another way to embed content: served over the same protocol as embedding page Can use for content served over HTTP or HTTPS 39

40 Mixed Content: HTTP and HTTPS IE7: No SSL lock in address bar: Chrome: 40

41 5. Peeking through SSL Network traffic reveals length of HTTPS packets TLS supports up to 256 bytes of padding AJAX-rich pages have lots and lots of interactions with the server These interactions expose specific internal state of the page BAM! Chen, Wang, Wang, Zhang, 2010

42 Peeking through SSL: an example Vulnerabilities in an online tax application No easy fix. Can also be used to ID Tor traffic Vulnerabilities in an online tax application No easy fix. Can also be used to ID Tor traffic 42


44 6. Origin Contamination: an example Solution: remove lock from top page after loading bottom page 44

45 Integrating SSL/TLS with HTTP  HTTPS Two complications Web proxies solution: browser sends CONNECT domain-name before client-hello (dropped by proxy) Virtual hosting: two sites hosted at same IP address. solution in TLS 1.1: SNI (RFC 4366) client_hello_extension: implemented since FF2 and IE7 (vista) web proxy web server corporate network web server cert CNN cert FOX client-hello server-cert ???

46 Why is HTTPS not used for all web traffic? Slows down web servers Breaks Internet caching ISPs cannot cache HTTPS traffic Results in increased traffic at web site Incompatible with virtual hosting (older browsers) May. 2013: IE6 ≈ 7% (

47 The lock UI: helps users authenticate site uninformative

48 Problems with HTTPS and the Lock Icon 1.Upgrade from HTTP to HTTPS 2.Semantic attacks on certs 3.Forged certs 4.Mixed content HTTP and HTTPS on the same page 5.Origin contamination Weak HTTPS page contaminates stronger HTTPS page 6.Does HTTPS hide web traffic? 48

49 Defense: Strict Transport Security (HSTS) Header tells browser to always connect over HTTPS After first visit, subsequent visits are over HTTPS self signed cert results in an error STS flag deleted when user “clears private data” (chrome) Compromise: security vs. privacy web server Strict-Transport-Security max-age=31 ⋅ 10 6 ; 49

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