Detection of Rogue Access Points
maxsec at gmail.com
Mon Oct 15 05:36:52 UTC 2012
How about some of the free network auditing tools like nmap even Spiceworks
to detect the devices on your network?
On Sunday, 14 October 2012, Jonathan Rogers wrote:
> An issue has come up in my organization recently with rogue access points.
> So far it has manifested itself two ways:
> 1. A WAP that was set up specifically to be transparent and provided
> unprotected wireless access to our network.
> 2. A consumer-grade wireless router that was plugged in and "just worked"
> because it got an address from DHCP and then handed out addresses on its
> own little network.
> These are at remote sites that are on their own subnets (10.100.x.0/24;
> about 130 of them so far). Each site has a decent Cisco router at the
> demarc that we control. The edge is relatively low-quality managed layer 2
> switches that we could turn off ports on if we needed to, but we have to
> know where to look, first.
> I'm looking for innovative ideas on how to find such a rogue device,
> ideally as soon as it is plugged in to the network. With situation #2 we
> may be able to detect NAT going on that should not be there. Situation #1
> is much more difficult, although I've seen some research material on how
> frames that originate from 802.11 networks look different from regular
> ethernet frames. Installation of an advanced monitoring device at each site
> is not really practical, but we may be able to run some software on a
> Windows PC in each office. One idea put forth was checking for NTP traffic
> that was not going to our authorized NTP server, but NTP isn't necessarily
> turned on by default, especially on consumer-grade hardware.
> Any ideas?
> Thank you for your time,
> Jonathan Rogers
Martin Hepworth, CISSP
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