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COIT20262 - Advanced Network Security, Term 2, 2017
Assignment 2
Due date: 5pm Friday 6 October 2017 (Week 12) ASSESSMENT
Weighting: 50% 2
Length: N/A
Attempt all questions.
Submit the following on Moodle:
• Answers: A Microsoft Word document containing answers to the questions.
• Question 3: passwd.txt, shadow.txt, group.txt, and files.txt. • Question 4: certificate.pem and https.pcap.
This is an individual assignment, and it is expected students answer the questions themselves. Discussion of approaches to solving questions is allowed (and encouraged), however each student should develop and write-up their own answers. See CQUniversity resources on Referencing and Plagiarism. Guidelines for this assignment include:
• Do not exchange files (reports, captures, diagrams) with other students.
• Complete tasks with virtnet yourself – do not use results from another student.
• Draw your own diagrams. Do not use diagrams from other sources (Internet, textbooks) or from other students.
• Write your own explanations. In some cases, students may arrive at the same numerical answer, however their explanation of the answer should always be their own.
• Do not copy text from websites or textbooks. During research you should read and understand what others have written, and then write in your own words.
Question 1. Firewalls [9 marks]
Objective: be able to design packet filtering firewall rules and identify advantages/disadvantages of such firewalls
An educational institute has a single router, referred to as the gatewayR, connecting its internal network to the Internet. The institute has the public address range and the gateway router has address on its external interface (referred to as interface ifout). The internal network consists of three subnets:
• A DMZ, which is attached to interface ifdmz of the gateway router and uses address range
• A small network, referred to as shared, with interface ifin of the gateway router connected to two other routers, referred to as staffR, and studentR. This network has no hosts attached (only three routers) and uses network address
• A staff subnet, which is for use by staff members only, that is attached to the staffR router and uses network address
• A student subnet, which is for use by students only, that is attached to the studentR router and uses network address
In summary, there are three routers in the network: the gateway router, and routers for the staff and student subnets. There are four subnets: DMZ, shared, staff, and student.
There are three servers in the DMZ that all can accept requests from the Internet:
1. A web server supporting HTTP and HTTPS (IP address is 2. A secure shell server using SSH (IP address is, and
3. A SMTP email server (IP address is
Members of the staff and student subnets can access the web server; members of the staff subnet only can access the email server but using IMAP; and internal members (both staff and students) cannot access the SSH server.
The gateway router also runs a stateful packet filtering firewall and performs port address translation. In addition to the DMZ setup as described above, security requirements for the educational institute are:
• External Internet users cannot access any internal computers (except in DMZ and as stated in other requirements).
• Staff and students can access websites in the Internet.
• The SSH server in the DMZ can only be accessed by external Internet users from subnets: and
Considering the above information, answer the following questions:
(a) Draw a diagram illustrating the network. Although there may be many computers in the staff and student subnets, for simplicity you only have to draw three computers in the staff subnet and three computers in the student subnet. Label all computers and router interfaces with IP addresses. [3 marks]
(b) Specify the firewall rules using the format as in the table below. You may add/remove rows as needed. After the table, add an explanation of the rules (why you design the firewall rules the way you did). [4 marks]
Rule No. Transport Source IP Source Port Dest. IP Dest. Port Action

(c) When using iptables as firewall software, you can change the default policy using the –P option. Explain the two common default policies, and explain the tradeoffs between the policies. [2 marks]
Marking Scheme
(a) 3 marks if correct network is drawn and labelled. 2 marks if some mistakes in location of nodes or links, or allocation of addresses. 0 or 1 mark if multiple mistakes.
(b) If all necessary rules are included, and no unnecessary rules are included, you will receive 4 marks. 0.5 mark will be deducted for an incorrect rule or incorrect explanation of the rule. 0.5 mark will be deducted for a missing rule. 0.5 mark will be deducted for a rule that is included but not needed. The explanation will only be considered if the rules appear wrong or inappropriate.
(c) 2 marks if explanation of both policies is clear and advantages/disadvantages are given.
1 mark if unclear or one advantage/disadvantage wrong/missing.
Question 2. WiFi Security [8 marks]
Objective: Understanding important challenges with securing WiFi networks
Defense-in-depth is an important principle in network security. Consider you are advising a company in deploying a WiFi network. You advise them to use all of the following security mechanisms to provide defense-in-depth. For each mechanism, give a brief description of the mechanism and how it works, explain the main advantage of the mechanism, and explain the main disadvantage of the mechanism.
(a) WPA
(b) Using antennas, transmit power and AP positioning to control radio range
(c) RADIUS (or similar) authentication
(d) Manual detection of rogue APs
Marking Scheme
For each part 2 marks:
• 1 mark if demonstrate a good understanding of the approach with clear and correct descriptions;
• 0.5 mark for each correct/clear advantage and disadvantage

Question 3. Access Control [12 marks]
Objective: Understand how Linux passwords and access control operates
For this question you must use virtnet (as used in the workshops) to study Linux access control and passwords. This assumes you have already setup and are familiar with virtnet. See Moodle and workshop instructions for information on setting up and using virtnet, and using Linux access control comments.
Your task is to:
1. Create topology 1 in virtnet
2. Create five new users using realistic usernames. Set the passwords to be different except for two users (that is, two users have the same password, the other users have different passwords), however do not use passwords that you use on other systems.
3. View the password information stored for the new users in /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow. Understand the information stored.
4. Create three new groups named student, teacher, and coord (short for coordinators). Allocate the users to groups as follows:
o User 1: primary group student o User 2: primary group student o User 3: primary group teacher o User 4: primary group coord, also in teacher o User 5: primary group is their own (i.e. not in student, teacher or coord).
5. Create the following files and directories for each user. Unless specified, the files/directories can be any name and can contain any content:
o Both students (User 1 and 2) have directories security, personal and shared in their home directory. All teachers have read-only access to each students security directory (and files within). All users have read/write access to each students shared directory. Only the user can access their personal directory. o The coordinator (User 4) has directory security, which has two subdirectories: content and marking. content is read-only by all teachers.
marking is only accessible by the user. o The remaining teacher (User 3) has directories security and personal. security is editable by teachers and coordinators, while personal is only accessible by the user. o Each directory mentioned above should have at least 1 file in it (the name and contents of the file doesn't matter). o Every user (including User 5) has a file in their home directory called schedule.txt. This file is readable by everyone.
o Both students have a file in their home directory called submit.bash and it is executable by the user and coordinator.
6. In addition to the access control rules mentioned above, assume:
o Every user has read, write permissions on their own files, and full permissions on their own directories.
o No other user can access the files/directories of other users. o If permissions are not covered by the above, then assume the defaults. o If there are conflicts in the above, then assume the most restrictive permission. o Use only the basic Linux permissions (see example commands below). Do NOT use advanced permissions such as with setfacl or getfacl.
7. Test that the access control works by logging in as each user and checking they can(not) access the specified files/directories.
Answer the following questions after completing the task.
(a) Submit the following files on Moodle [8 marks]:
a. /etc/passwd named as passwd.txt when you submit
b. /etc/shadow as shadow.txt
c. /etc/group as group.txt
d. The output of the following command as files.txt: sudo sh -c ‘ls -lR /home /home/network/files.txt’
(b) Explain where and how password information is stored in Linux. You should mention the files, formats of storing passwords (e.g. what is stored, how is the information created) and any specific algorithms used. [2 marks]
(c) Explain why it is difficult for an administrator to know if two users use the same password. [1 mark]
(d) If a malicious user obtains the file(s) where password information is stored, and users selected long random passwords, then explain why it is difficult for them to find users’ actual passwords. [1 mark]
Marking Scheme
(a) The files submitted must contain relevant information: 1 mark each for passwd, shadow and group. 5 marks for file.txt, where marks are allocated based on the required permission settings.
(b) 2 marks for listing all correct files, formats and algorithms. 0.5 mark will be deducted for each item missing or wrong.
(c) 1 mark for a clear and correct explantion.
(d) 1 mark for a clear and correct explantion.
Question 4. HTTPS and Certificates [12 marks]
Objective: Learn the steps of deploying a secure web server, as well as the limitations/challenges of digital certificates
For this question you must use virtnet (as used in the workshops) to study HTTPS and certificates. This assumes you have already setup and are familiar with virtnet. See Moodle and workshop instructions for information on setting up and using virtnet, deploying the website, and testing the website.
Your task is to:
• Create topology 5 in virtnet
• Deploy the MyUni demo website on the nodes
• Setup the webserver to support HTTPS, including obtaining a certificate certificate.pem. Make sure you use your name or ID in the certificate (e.g. in the email address field) so that it is unique across the class.
• Capture traffic from the web browser on node1 to the web server that includes a HTTPS session. Save the file as https.pcap. • Test and analyse the HTTPS connection.
Answer the following sub-questions based on above test and analysis.
(a) Submit your certificate certificate.pem and HTTPS traffic capture https.pcap on Moodle. [6 marks]
(b) Explain how the client obtains the certificate of the web server. [1 mark]
(c) Explain how the client verifies the certificate of the web server, and what pre-conditions exist such that the verification is possible. [2 marks]
(d) At the bottom of your certificate there should be a field called “Signature Algorithm”, followed by a multi-line random looking hex value. This value is the signature. Explain how the signature is generated. Refer to specific algorithms and information that is used in generating the signature. [2 marks]
(e) In practice, Certificate Authorities must keep their private keys very secure, usually storing them offline in special hardware devices. Explain an attack a malicious user could be perform if they could compromise the CA private key. Use your MyUni website as an example. [1 mark]
Marking Scheme
(a) 3 marks if a correct/unique certificate is submitted; 3 marks if a correct/unique capture containing HTTPS packets is submitted.
(b) Clear and accurate explanation: 1 mark.
(c) Clear and accurate explanation: 1 mark; explanation of pre-conditions: 1 mark.
(d) All correct information given: 2 marks. Minor mistake: 1 mark. Multiple mistakes: 0 marks.
(e) Clear and accurate explanation: 1 mark.
Question 5. Internet Privacy [9 marks]
Objective: Understand the advantages and disadvantages of Internet privacy technologies, including VPNs, and learn about advanced techniques (Tor)
Encryption is commonly used to provide data confidentiality in the Internet: when two hosts communicate, other entities in the path between the two hosts cannot read the data being sent. However encryption on its own does not privacy of who is communicating. Although the other entities cannot read the data, they can determine which two hosts are communicating.
Assume you want to have privacy protection while web browsing. Normally, when your client computer sends a HTTP GET request to a web server, the IP address of both your client computer (C) and the web server (S) are included in the IP header of the packet. Any intermediate node on the path between client and server in the Internet can see the values of C and S, thereby learning who is communicating.
Three common techniques for privacy protection, i.e. hiding both values of C and S from intermediate nodes, in the Internet are:
(a) Web proxies
(b) VPNs
(c) Tor
For each technique, provide the following:
1. An explanation of the technique (you may refer to the diagram)
2. A diagram showing the addresses learnt by a malicious user if the technique is used.
3. A recommendation of who or what this technique is good for. (Consider the advantages of the technique compared to the other techniques, and consider the skills and/or requirements of different users).
4. What a malicious user would need to do to compromise the privacy (i.e. learn both C and S) if the technique was used.
For your diagrams you may use the following simple view of an Internet path where client C is communicating using IPv4 with server S. There are n routers on the path. Assume a malicious user, who wants to know information about who is communicating and when, has access to one of the routers in the path (router Rm), e.g. they can capture packets on that router. Note Rm is not directly attached to the subnets of C or S.
You may use the above diagram (or similar a diagram) to illustrate each of the techniques.
Marking Scheme
(a) For each technique: 1 mark for the explanation and diagram; 1 mark for the recommendation; and 1 mark for how to compromise.

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