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Release of Cisco Attack tool Asleap
Apr 07 2004 03:09AM
Joshua Wright (jwright hasborg com)
In August 2003, I wrote a tool called asleap for Linux systems to
exploit a weakness in the Cisco LEAP authentication protocol. Using
this tool, an attacker can actively compromise Cisco LEAP networks
by mounting an offline dictionary attack against weak user
passwords. In my testing, I was able to search through large
dictionary files very quickly for user passwords (~45 million
passwords per second on meager hardware.)
A quick summary of asleap features are as follows:
+ Can read live from any wireless interface in RFMON mode with
+ Can monitor a single channel, or perform channel hopping to look
for target networks running LEAP.
+ Will actively deauthenticate users on LEAP networks, forcing them
to reauthenticate. This makes the capture of LEAP passwords very
+ Will only deauth users who have not already been seen, doesn't
waste time on users who are not running LEAP.
+ Can read from stored libpcap files, or AiroPeek NX files (1.X or
+ Uses a dynamic database table and index to make lookups on large
files very fast. Reduces the worst-case search time to .0015% as
opposed to lookups in a flat file.
+ Can write *just* the LEAP exchange information to a libpcap file.
This could be used to capture LEAP credentials with a device short
on disk space (like an iPaq), and then process the LEAP
credentials stored in the libpcap file on a system with more
storage resources to mount the dictionary attack.
Upon advising the Cisco PSIRT team, I was asked to wait for six
months until February 2004 before making the tool publicly
available. In the end of January 2004, Cisco PSIRT asked me to wait
another few months while they finished testing the EAP-FAST
protocol, the designated replacement for the flawed LEAP protocol.
After working out a release date with Cisco, I am making the source
for asleap v1.0 available including a partial-functionality Win32
port. I encourage LEAP users to install and use asleap to evaluate
the risks of using LEAP as a mechanism to protect the security of
Windows users can use third-party wireless sniffer tools including
AiroPeek NX to capture the LEAP authentication exchange to test the
security of LEAP user passwords.
The source and Win32 binary distribution are available at
http://asleap.sourceforge.net, along with documentation and a
user-support mailing list. I welcome your comments, suggestions or
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