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1 “Defeating SSL” Impact of Hash collisions on cyber security By vaibhav

2 Secure Sockets Layer 2

3 Objective Background Information of SSL, MD5 & “Certificate”\”Public Key” Infrastructure Attack scenario on core assumption of SSL i.e. collision resistance of hash function Attack scenarios on the specification\ implementation of SSL 3

4 when in doubt, ask 4

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6 Cryptographic Hash Serves an essential role within a wide range of security applications. Like (a) digital signature generation and verification (b) session key establishment (c) management of password schemes (d) commitment schemes in cryptographic protocols 6

7 Hash Functions Compress an arbitrary finite length m-bit input message into a fixed n-bit output value called hash. hash if h = H(m) then, h is called the "hash" of m, m is called a "preimage" of h Data Message Digest 7

8 Properties of (good)Hash Function ( practicality ) computation of hash can be done efficiently ( preimage resistance ) given h, it is hard to compute a preimage of h ( second preimage resistance ) given m, it is hard to compute a second preimage of m ( collision resistance ) it is hard to compute a collision for H 8

9 Lets talk about SSL first Ensures secrecy,authenticity, and integrity. Safeguarding communication from both the passive and active adversaries. SSL rely heavily on the x509* certificate structure. For SSL protocols, it is the “common name” field in the subject of an x509 certificate that is used to identify entities presenting certificates. 9

10 X509 ? Digital certificates ? What ? ITU-T standard for the public key infrastructure. X.509 specifies standard formats for public key certificates Public key certificates are structured according to version3 of X.509 specification. A public key certificate uses a digital signature to bind a public key with an identity. 10

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12 Certification Authorities & Hierarchy Browsers ship with a list of trusted CA certificate. o Firefox 3 includes 135 trusted CA certs. CAs’ responsibilities: o verify the identity of the requestor o verify domain ownership for SSL certs o revoke bad certificates 12

13 Site NameCN Check Expiry Check Signature Signin CA in trust store 13

14 What if … Root CA Intermediate I CA Intermediate II CA is a valid certificate issued by intermediate II CA What if issues a certificate for ? Chain verification algorithm as described before would validate this certificate too. 14

15 Something must be wrong, but... All the signatures are valid. Nothing has expired. The chain is intact. The root CA is embedded in the browser and trusted. But we just created a valid certificate for Richest- bank, and we're not Richest-bank? 15

16 X509v3 extensions provide a extension to tackle with this. Basic Constraints: critical CA:FALSE But … Most CAs didn't explicitly set basicConstraints: CA=False Whether the field was there or not, most SSL implementations didn't bother to check it. Hacker moxie marlinspike a tool, sslsniff, to attack this vulnerability. Eventually Microsoft released a patch to address this issue. 16

17 Obtaining certificates Public Key Domain name User Identity User Public Private Key pair generation CSR generated CSR sent to CA Validates user identity and domain ownership Create and signs certificate User installs private key and certificate on a web server 17

18 Certificate request format 18

19 Certificate structure the "to-be-signed" part, consisting of: o serial number o validity period o issuer name o subject o subject public key o "basic constraints" field, containing a bit indicating whether this is a CA certificate or a user certificate a path length field the "signature" part, containing a digital signature, produced by CA`s private key, over the "to-be- signed“ part 19

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21 Secure websites and certificates 21

22 Attack Scenario using Rogue CA certificate 22

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24 Revisiting MD5 and MD5 Collision 24

25 Overview of MD5 Hash function MD5 designed in 1991 Iterative design using compression function. Collision  different messages, same hash 25

26 MD5 Collisions in 2004 2004: First MD5 collision attack Only difference between messages in random looking 128 collision bytes Currently < 1 second on commodity PC MD5( ) = MD5( ) 26

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28 MD5 Collisions in 2007 2007: Stronger collision attack Chosen-Prefix Collisions Messages can differ freely up to the random looking 716 collision bytes Currently approx. 1 day on PS3+PC MD5( ) = MD5( ) 28

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30 Generating Colliding Certificates 30

31 History of colliding certificates Certificates with colliding to-be-signed parts generate a pair of certificates sign the legitimate certificate copy the signature into the rogue cert Previous work Different RSA public keys in 2005 o using 2004 collision attack Different identities in 2006 o using chosen-prefix collisions o the theory is well known since 2007 31

32 Colliding certificates in 2006 32

33 Rogue CA certificate CA bit 33

34 Action Items for generating hash colliding certificates Find CA which issues MD5 signed certificate Predict the Validity and Serial Number Construct structure and content rogue Certificate such that real certificate( constructed by CA) and rouge CA cert(Constructed by Hackers) are perfectly aligned. Compute the collision blocks Create RSA key pair such that it includes collision block in it. Construct CSR and send it to CA for signing Detailed view 34

35 Why RapidSSL? Out of 9000 MD5 certificates collected 97% of those were issued by RapidSSL. RapidSSL issues exactly 6 seconds after “accept” button is clicked and expires in one year. RapidSSL uses sequential serial numbers and on weekend approximately 1000 certificates are issued. 35

36 Predicting the serial number Get the serial number S on Friday Predict the value for time T on Sunday to be S+1000 Generate the collision bits Shortly before time T buy enough certs to increment the counter to S+999 Send colliding request at time T and get serial number S+1000 36

37 Collision generation and RSA keys Based on the 2007 chosen- prefix collisions paper with new improvements 1-2 days on a cluster of 200 PlayStation 3’s Equivalent to 8000 desktop CPU cores or $20,000 on Amazon EC2 takes couple of minutes to calculate RSA key pair such as it contains collision blocks 37

38 Another Attack on SSL 38

39 Background As mentioned earlier SSL handshake uses “common name” of certificate and compares with site name. Before year 2000 actual people were involved while dealing with certificate request. Entities are validated based on proof of ownership of the domain listed in the “common name” field. Now a days a simple lookup in WHOIS database for the root domain listed and sending a confirmation mail would complete the verification part. 39

40 ASN1.0 and Certificates Certificates are formatted using ASN1.0 notation. Supports different type of strings, all represented as PASCAL strings. Represented in memory by the length of the string followed by the string data. NULL character has no special meaning, like C strings Example : 0x05 (length) 0x44 ( D )0x41 (A )0x00 (NULL) 0x54 ( T )0x41 ( A ) 40

41 Malformed Request One can create a certificate request with common name as\\ CA for verification would do WHOIS issues the certificate with embedded NULL to the owner of Spoof and use NULL embedded 41

42 Defeating SSL This is how comparison function would be implemented for CN verification. char *destination = getDomainWeAreConnectingTo(); char *commonName = getCommonNameFromCertificate(); Bool everythingIsOk = (strcmp(destination, commonName) == 0); char *commonName char *destination string match 42

43 Question ? 43

44 References 6/gauravaram06collision.pdf 6/gauravaram06collision.pdf 09/Marlinspike/BlackHat-DC-09-Marlinspike- Defeating-SSL.pdf 09/Marlinspike/BlackHat-DC-09-Marlinspike- Defeating-SSL.pdf 44

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