Archive: 2015-03

Hi. This is Angela Horneman of the SEI's Situational Awareness team. I've generated service specific network flows to use as baseline examples for network analysis and am sharing them since others may find them helpful.

We have been looking at implementing Network Profiling in Analysis Pipeline to automatically generate lists of active servers and to alert when new IPs start acting as servers. As part of this initiative, we started looking at alternatives to using flags in the identification process, since not all collection methods capture TCP flag data. In this process, I looked for example network flows for verified services.

Recently, SuperFish and PrivDog have received some attention because of the risks that they both introduced to customers because of implementation flaws. Looking closer into these types of applications with my trusty CERT Tapioca VM at hand, I've come to realize a few things.

In this blog post, I will explain

  1. The capabilities of SSL and TLS are not well understood by many.
  2. SSL inspection is much more widespread than I suspected.
  3. Many applications that perform SSL inspection have flaws that put users at increased risk.
  4. Even if SSL inspection were performed at least as well as the browsers do, the risk introduced to users is not zero.