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README.md

This project contains scripts to test if clients or access points (APs) are affected by the KRACK attack against WPA2. For details behind this attack see our website and the research paper.

Remember that our scripts are not attack scripts! You require network credentials in order to test if an access point or client is affected by the attack.

Prerequisites

Our scripts were tested on Kali Linux. To install the required dependencies on Kali, execute:

apt-get update
apt-get install libnl-3-dev libnl-genl-3-dev pkg-config libssl-dev net-tools git sysfsutils python-scapy python-pycryptodome

Then disable hardware encryption using the script ./krackattack/disable-hwcrypto.sh. It's recommended to reboot after executing this script. After plugging in your Wi-Fi NIC, use systool -vm ath9k_htc or similar to confirm the nohwcript/.. param has been set. We tested our scripts with an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 and a TP-Link TL-WN722N v1 on Kali Linux.

Finally compile our modified hostapd instance:

  cd hostapd
  cp defconfig .config
  make -j 2

Remember to disable Wi-Fi in your network manager before using our scripts. After disabling Wi-Fi, execute sudo rfkill unblock wifi so our scripts can still use Wi-Fi though.

Testing Clients

First modify hostapd/hostapd.conf and edit the line interface= to specify the Wi-Fi interface that will be used to execute the tests. Note that in all tests, once the script is running, the device being tested must connect to the SSID testnetwork with password abcdefgh. You can change settings of the AP by modifying hostapd/hostapd.conf. In all tests the client must use DHCP to get an IP after connecting to the Wi-Fi network. Put differently, some tests only start after the client as requested an IP!

You should now run the following tests:

  1. ./krack-test-client.py --replay-broadcast. This tests whether the client acceps replayed broadcast frames. If the client accepts replayed broadcast frames, this must be patched first. If you do not patch the client, our script will not be able to determine if the group key is being reinstalled (the script will always say the group key is being reinstalled).
  2. ./krack-test-client.py --group --gtkinit. This tests whether the client installs the group key in the group key handshake with the given receive sequence counter (RSC).
  3. ./krack-test-client.py --group. This tests whether the client reinstalls the group key in the group key handshake. The script tests for reinstallations of the group key by sending broadcast ARP requests to the client using an already used (replayed) packet number (= IV). If the client always accepts replayed broadcast frames (see --replay-broadcast), this test might incorrectly conclude the group key is being reinstalled.
  4. ./krack-test-client.py. This tests for key reinstallations in the 4-way handshake by repeatedly sending encrypted message 3's to the client. The script monitors traffic sent by the client to see if the pairwise key is being reinstalled. Note that this effectively performs two tests: whether the pairwise key is reinstalled, and whether the group key is reinstalled. Make sure the client requests an IP using DHCP for the group key reinstallation test to start. To assure the client is sending enough unicast frames, you can optionally ping the AP: ping 192.168.100.254.
  5. ./krack-test-client.py --tptk. Identical to test 5, except that a forged message 1 is injected before sending the encrypted message 3. This variant of the test is important because some clients (e.g. wpa_supplicant v2.6) are only vulnerable to pairwise key reinstallations in the 4-way handshake when a forged message 1 is injected before sending a retransmitted message 3.
  6. ./krack-test-client.py --gtkinit. This tests whether the client installs the group key in the 4-way handshake with the given receive sequence counter (RSC). The script will continously execute new 4-way handshakes to test this. Unfortunately, this test can be rather unreliable, because any missed handshake messages cause synchronization issues, making the test unreliable. You should only execute this test in environments with little background noise, and execute it several times.

Some additional remarks:

  • The most important test is ./krack-test-client, which tests for ordinary key reinstallations in the 4-way handshake.
  • Perform these tests in a room with little interference. A high amount of packet loss will make this script unreliable!
  • Manually inspect network traffic to confirm the output of the script:
    • Use an extra Wi-Fi NIC in monitor mode to conform that our script (the AP) sends out frames using the proper packet numbers (IVs). In particular whether replayed broadcast frames indeed are sent using an already used packet number (IV).
    • Use an extra Wi-Fi NIC in monitor mode to check pairwise key reinstalls by monitoring the IVs of frames sent by the client.
    • Capture traffic on the client to see if the replayed broadcast ARP requests are accepted or not.
  • If the client being tested can use multiple Wi-Fi radios/NICs, test using a few different ones.
  • You can add the --debug parameter for more debugging output.
  • All unrecognized parameters are passed on to hostapd, so you can include something like -dd -K to make hostapd output all debug info.

Correspondence to Wi-Fi Alliance tests

The Wi-Fi Alliance created a custom vulnerability detection tool based on our scripts. At the time of writing, this tool is only accessible to Wi-Fi Alliance members. Their tools supports several different tests, and these tests correspond to the functionality in our script as follows:

  • 4.1.1 (Plaintext retransmission of EAPOL Message 3). We currently do not support this test.
  • 4.1.2 (Immediate retransmission of EAPOL M3 in plaintext). We currently do not suppor this test.
  • 4.1.3 (Immediate retransmission of encrypted EAPOL M3 during pairwise rekey handshake). This corresponds to ./krack-test-client.py except that encrypted EAPOL M3 are sent periodically instead of immediately.
  • 4.1.5 (PTK reinstallation in 4-way handshake when STA uses Temporal PTK construction, same ANonce). Execute this test using ./krack-test-client.py --tptk.
  • 4.1.6 (PTK reinstallation in 4-way handshake when STA uses Temporal PTK construction, random ANonce). Execute this test using ./krack-test-client.py --tptk-rand.
  • 4.2.1 (Group key handshake vulnerability test on STA). Execue this test using ./krack-test-client.py --group.
  • 4.3.1 (Reinstallation of GTK and IGTK on STA supporting WNM sleep mode). We currently do not support this test (and neither does the Wi-Fi Alliance).

Testing Access Points: Detecting a vulnerable FT Handshake (802.11r)

  1. Create a wpa_supplicant configuration file that can be used to connect to the network. A basic example is:

     ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant
     network={{
       ssid="testnet"
       key_mgmt=FT-PSK
       psk="password"
     }}
    

    Note the use of "FT-PSK". Save it as network.conf or similar. For more info see wpa_supplicant.conf.

  2. Try to connect to the network using your platform's wpa_supplicant. This will likely require a command such as:

     sudo wpa_supplicant -D nl80211 -i wlan0 -c network.conf
    

    If this fails, either the AP does not support FT, or you provided the wrong network configuration options in step 1.

  3. Use this script as a wrapper over the previous wpa_supplicant command:

     sudo ./krack-ft-test.py wpa_supplicant -D nl80211 -i wlan0 -c network.conf
    

    This will execute the wpa_supplicant command using the provided parameters, and will add a virtual monitor interface that will perform attack tests.

  4. Use wpa_cli to roam to a different AP of the same network. For example:

     sudo wpa_cli -i wlan0
     > status
     bssid=c4:e9:84:db:fb:7b
     ssid=testnet
     ...
     > scan_results 
     bssid / frequency / signal level / flags / ssid
     c4:e9:84:db:fb:7b	2412  -21  [WPA2-PSK+FT/PSK-CCMP][ESS] testnet
     c4:e9:84:1d:a5:bc	2412  -31  [WPA2-PSK+FT/PSK-CCMP][ESS] testnet
     ...
     > roam c4:e9:84:1d:a5:bc
     ...
    

    In this example we were connected to AP c4:e9:84:db:fb:7b of testnet (see status command). The scan_results command shows this network also has a second AP with MAC c4:e9:84:1d:a5:bc. We then roam to this second AP.

  5. Generate traffic between the AP and client. For example:

     sudo arping -I wlan0 192.168.1.10
    
  6. Now look at the output of ./krack-ft-test.py to see if the AP is vulnerable.

    1. First it should say "Detected FT reassociation frame". Then it will start replaying this frame to try the attack.
    2. The script shows which IVs (= packet numbers) the AP is using when sending data frames.
    3. Message IV reuse detected (IV=X, seq=Y). AP is vulnerable! means we confirmed it's vulnerable.

    Be sure to manually check network traces as well, to confirm this script is replaying the reassociation request properly, and to manually confirm whether there is IV (= packet number) reuse or not.

    Example output of vulnerable AP:

     [15:59:24] Replaying Reassociation Request
     [15:59:25] AP transmitted data using IV=1 (seq=0)
     [15:59:25] Replaying Reassociation Request
     [15:59:26] AP transmitted data using IV=1 (seq=0)
     [15:59:26] IV reuse detected (IV=1, seq=0). AP is vulnerable!
    

    Example output of patched AP (note that IVs are never reused):

     [16:00:49] Replaying Reassociation Request
     [16:00:49] AP transmitted data using IV=1 (seq=0)
     [16:00:50] AP transmitted data using IV=2 (seq=1)
     [16:00:50] Replaying Reassociation Request
     [16:00:51] AP transmitted data using IV=3 (seq=2)
     [16:00:51] Replaying Reassociation Request
     [16:00:52] AP transmitted data using IV=4 (seq=3)
    

Extra: Ubuntu 16.04

Our scripts are officially only supported on Kali Linux. Nevertheless, some users have been able to get it running on Ubuntu 16.04. These users remarked that the python-pycryptodome package is not present on Ubuntu, but can be installed as follows:

  1. Install python-pip package
  2. Execute pip install pycryptodomex

They further recommended to install this python module under a virtual python environment using virtualenv.

Extra: Manual Tests

It's also possible to manually perform (more detailed) tests by cloning the hostap git repository:

git clone git://w1.fi/srv/git/hostap.git

And following the instructions in tests/cipher-and-key-mgmt-testing.txt.