ECE568 Lab #4: DNS Cache Poisoning solution




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Setup For this lab, we will be using the patched DNS server program called BIND (Berkeley Internet Name Domain). Start by downloading and extracting the lab4.tar.gz file from the course website: tar zxvf lab4.tar.gz We next describe how to setup and configure BIND on your ECF machine. Step 1: Configuration Files There are two configuration files you need to set for this lab. They are rndc.conf and named.conf, located in the ./etc directory that you extracted. RNDC is short for Remote Name Daemon Control, which is useful for dumping BIND’s server cache to check whether our attack has been successful or not. You need to specify few parameters in these files. BIND listens on specific port for communication with rndc, which allows command-line administration. We will be using rndc to flush and dump BIND’s cache. Since ECF workstations can have multiple users, you need to randomly pick two different port numbers (so that your processes doesn’t collide with other students):  query-source port parameter specifies the port number BIND will use to send its outgoing queries to external DNS servers.  listen-on port parameter specifies the port number BIND will use to listen for DNS queries. Note: you must pick port numbers greater than 1024 (as ports lower than that are reserved for processes running as the root user). One you have chosen a port number for your own copy of rndc, modify the bold-faced parameters in rndc.conf and named.conf: rndc.conf options { default-key “rndc-key”; default-server; default-port ; }; named.conf options { … query-source port ; … listen-on-port { any; }; ECE 568: Lab #4 1 … }; controls { inet port allow {; } keys { “rndc-key”; }; }; Step 2: Start the DNS server You can run BIND by running the script provided in the lab code: ./ Step 3: Install Scapy Scapy is a powerful tool for packet manipulation. To install Python packages locally, we will be using pip. Do the following to install scapy locally: pip2 install scapy==2.3.3 –user Take care to ensure that the version of scapy being installed is as shown above ie. 2.3.3. You may encounter warnings about SNIMissingWarning and InsecurePlatformWarning. You can safely ignore them. Check if scapy is installed correctly: $ python2 Python 2.7.18 (default, Oct 11 2021, 11:39:27) [GCC 8.5.0 20210514 (Red Hat 8.5.0-3)] on linux2 Type “help”, “copyright”, “credits” or “license” for more information. >>> import scapy >>> exit() No output and the absence of an import error (ignore any warnings) indicates that we can proceed further. When using scapy, you may get a lot of following errors: Exception RuntimeError: ‘maximum recursion depth exceeded while calling a Python object’ in <type ‘exceptions.AttributeError’> ignored This error should not affect your lab and you can safely ignore them. Further information on how to use scapy could be found at: Resources In this lab, you will be performing a DNS Cache Poisoning attack as described in Lecture 19. More details on the attack can be found here:  An Illustrated Guide to the Kaminsky DNS Vulnerability  Analysis of the Cache Poisoning attack ECE 568: Lab #4 2 Part 1: Getting familiar with dig dig is a useful tool for sending DNS queries. Unless otherwise specified, dig will by default, try each of servers listed in /etc/resolv.conf. Direct dig to the default DNS server on the ECF machines (not the BIND server) and figure out the following: 1. What is the IPv4 address of 2. What are the names of name servers of and their IPv4 addresses? 3. What are the names of mail servers of and their IPv4 addresses? 4. Now direct dig to your local BIND server and repeat the above queries. Check to see if the output matches your results from 1-3. Refer to the manual page to learn how to call dig with the appropriate options in order to point it to the BIND server. For parts 1-3, create a file called part1.txt and write to it in the following format 1. 2. : 2. : 2 . …. 3. : 3. …. Note – there may be more than 1 name/mail server for Part 2: Write a DNS proxy that sits between dig and local DNS server If we can inspect DNS queries and their replies, it is possible to forge them to attack users. Imagine redirecting a DNS request of to a malicious server. Due to security concerns in ECF, packet sniffing is disabled. However, we can simulate it by forcing DNS queries to go through proxies. Your goal is to write a proxy server that accepts DNS queries from dig and forwards them to the BIND server we setup earlier. It should also receive a DNS reply from the BIND server and forward it back to dig (unmodified). Refer to the manual page to learn how to call dig with the appropriate options in order to point it to the proxy instead of the BIND server. Check to see if you receive the same output as when you point dig directly to the BIND server. We have provided some starter code that can be used to build the proxy for Parts 2 and 3 in Your proxy should be run as: python2 –port –dns_port ECE 568: Lab #4 3 Part 3: Spoof DNS reply using the DNS proxy Your goal for this exercise is to use the proxy created in Part 2 to intercept and forge DNS replies. Look up by sending: dig Spoof the DNS reply such that’s IPv4 address is instead and change its name servers to We suggest using scapy to manipulate DNS packets. Information about DNS packet format can be found at: Your proxy should be run as: python2 –port –dns_port –spoof_response Part 4: DNS cache poisoning attack We will be implementing a DNS cache poisoning attack, also known as the Kaminsky attack. Figure 1: DNS query process Figure 1 illustrates a complete DNS query process when a user submits a DNS query for’s IP address. Aside from returning’s IP address, the local DNS server (i.e. BIND) will also cache’s name server address. Therefore, when the ECE 568: Lab #4 4 User Root DNS Server .com DNS Server DNS Server Local DNS Server 1) What is IP of 2) Query Root DNS 3) Ask .com DNS 4) Query .com DNS 5) Ask DNS 6) Query DNS 7)’s IP 8)’s IP user sends a DNS query for another address in domain (e.g., the local BIND server will directly ask for its IP from the cached’s name server, illustrated in Figure 2. Figure 2: DNS query process when DNS Server is cached Imagine what would happen if an attacker forges DNS reply from name server before the actual reply (i.e. message #3) reaches the local BIND server. The attacker can return arbitrary IP address of and furthermore overwrite name server address that is cached at the local BIND server to a new fake address! (e.g. However, this is more difficult than it sounds because DNS replies include a transaction ID which must match with the ID from the corresponding DNS query. Transaction IDs for DNS queries are randomly generated and not visible to attackers. Furthermore, sending DNS queries to resolve the same domain name again will not be effective because the first result will be cached.For example, if you send DNS query for twice, the 2nd DNS query will not trigger DNS query to name server. This makes it impossible for the attacker to forge another response for the same domain name until the cache entry expires and thus, makes the attack impractical. Attack Procedure: Here are outline for the attack procedure, to successfully poison your BIND server: 1. Query the BIND server for a non-existing name in, such as, where twysw is a random name. a. Since the mapping is not available in the BIND server’s cache, it will send out a DNS query to the name server of the domain. ECE 568: Lab #4 5 User Root DNS Server .com DNS Server DNS Server Local DNS Server 1) What is IP of 2) Query DNS 3)’s IP 4)’s IP 2. While the BIND server waits for the reply from’s name server, flood it with a stream of spoofed DNS replies, each with a different transaction ID, hoping one is correct. a. Even if the spoofed DNS reply fails, it does not matter because the next time, the attacker will query a different name. 3. Repeat steps 1-2 until the attack succeeds! Goal: Spoof DNS replies to overwrite’s name server’s address to You need to add fake NS (i.e. name server) record in your spoofed DNS reply to overwrite’s name server address. Use starter code You can run it with: ./ –ip –port –query_port You can figure out your workstation’s ip with following command: dig +short Hints: 1. BIND is patched such that you do not need to fake IP address of the spoofed packet to match with the IP address of the remote name server. This is required in actual attack scenario; however, spoofing IP address requires sudo privilege which is disabled in ECF lab. 2. scapy’s sending functions such as: sr1(), send() will not work in ECF environment. These functions require sudo privileges which is disabled in ECF lab. Instead, you can use scapy to: a) build packets, b) modify packets. For sending and receiving packets, use Python’s socket library. Example for using Python’s socket library + scapy for building DNS packet is in 3. You can send a command through RNDC to enable logging queries received by your BIND server: ./bin/rndc -c etc/rndc.conf querylog Attack Verification: There are 2 ways to verify that your attack was successful: Verification 1: Using dig, send a DNS query to your BIND, asking for the name server of It should show that the name server of is % ~/remote_dns_cache_poisoning]$ dig @ NS -p 1053 ; <<>> DiG 9.8.2rc1-RedHat-9.8.2-0.68.rc1.el6_10.1 <<>> @ NS -p 1053 ; (1 server found) ECE 568: Lab #4 6 ;; global options: +cmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 18490 ;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0 ;; QUESTION SECTION: ; IN NS ;; ANSWER SECTION: 3578 IN NS ;; Query time: 7 msec ;; SERVER: ;; WHEN: Wed Nov 14 16:22:04 2018 ;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 64 Verification 2: Inspect the BIND server’s cache to determine if it is poisoned: ./bin/rndc -c etc/rndc.conf dumpdb -cache less /tmp/dump.db // should be your cache dump location A successful attack output should contain following: ECE 568: Lab #4 7 Submission Instruction You may work on this lab individually or in groups of two. Your code must be entirely your own original work. The official assignment due date is 11:59:59pm on Friday, April 8th. Submissions will be accepted until 11:59:59pm on Sunday, April 10th without any late penalty. Please submit a README file that contains your name(s), student number(s), and email(s) at the top, along with explanations for each part. You should submit part1.txt, (for part2 and 3) and submitece568s 4 README part1.txt README format: #first1 last1, studentnum1, e-mail1 #first2 last2, studentnum2, e-mail2 Part 1 Explanation: … Note: Please put your explanations in the README, not in the part#.txt files. If your files are not formatted as instructed, you may lose marks. We have provided a submission checking script to help ensure that the automarker will process your files correctly: /share/copy/ece568f/bin/check568_lab4 Your solutions will be tested on the ECF machines. Please ensure that you test your solutions on these machines prior to submission. ECE 568: Lab #4 8