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Analyzing ZigBee

1. ZigBee internals

  • Designed for low-power usage and low data transfer rate
  • Allows devices to communicate using a mesh network topology

  • Stack

    Application layer Customer application
    Application profile ZigBee
    Application framework ZigBee
    Network layer ZigBee
    MAC layer IEEE 802.15.4
    PHY layer IEEE 802.15.4
  • Coordinator
    • selecting the correct channel (among 16 channels)
    • creating a network
    • forming security settings
    • handling authentication
    • (even) acting as a router
  • Router
    • routes traffic in ZigBee network
  • End devices
    • perform any task
    • usually sleep to save power
    • only wake up on a read or write request
  • Addressing
    • MAC layer -> GUID of 64-bit
    • NWK address -> 16-bit
  • Broadcast
    • send data to address 0xFFFF
  • Communication is established with 3 data
    • address of the target
    • endpoint number
    • cluster ID
  • ZigBee protocol implementation in devices
    • System-on-Chip (SoC)
      • functions and implementation are handled in a single chip
    • Network Co-processor (NXP)
      • similar to SoC
      • functions are handled through a serial interface (i.e. UART)
    • Microcontroller and Transreceiver
      • microcontroller handles functions and implementation of ZigBee stack
      • Transreceiver manages PHY and MAC layer

2. ZigBee pentest objectives

  • Intercept (capture) traffic
  • Replay attack
    • requires lack of CRC verification implementation
  • Jam signals

3. ZigBee radio development module (hardware)

  • Contains a combination of digital logic circuitry with analog circuits

  • Xbee
    • plug-in Xbee to analysis computer
    • run XCTU utility
      • press ‘Search Radio modules’
      • Select the ports to scan
        • usbserial-*
      • Set port parameters
        • baud rate 2400 and 9600
        • 8 data bits, no parity bit, and one stop bit (8N1)
        • Flow control is None
      • identifies the MAC address of the radio device connected to usbserial-* port
      • XCTU allows to change various properties of the radio device (Xbee)
        • set the channel (i.e. 16)
  • Arduino
    • plug-in Xbee to Arduino board
    • paste the vulnerable code Xbee_Password_Core
      • a simple authentication app over the ZigBee network
    • flash the code into Arduino board

4. ZigBee radio analysis (hardware)

  • KillerBee
    • open-source toolkit for ZigBee communication analysis
    • supports various ZigBee sniffing hardware (i.e. Atmel RzRaven USB Stick)
  • Atmel RzRaven USB Stick
    • flash the KillerBee firmware on to RzRaven using AVR Dragon over JTAG interface
    • plug-in RzRaven to analysis computer

    • download and setup KillerBee on analysis computer

      cd killerbee/tools
      ./zbid
      
    • it will find RzRaven device with the Serial number FFFF…
  • Identify the channel ID of the target device (Xbee) is operating
    • zbstumbler from KillerBee toolkit

      ./zbstumbler –v

    • when a frame is received for a beacon request, it means channel is found

  • Sniffing traffic (actually channel)
    • zbdump from KillerBee toolkit

      ./zbdump -c <CHANNEL_ID> - w dump.pcap

  • Generate traffic
    • open serial monitor in Arduino
    • i.e. try authenticating with target device
  • Real-time analysis rather than dumping to a file
    • zbwireshark from KillerBee toolkit

      ./zbwireshark-c <CHANNEL_ID>

  • Attify ZigBee Framework
    • a GUI toolkit built on top of KillerBee
    • set channel ID to capture, number of packets to capture, capture file location
    • generate traffic (press any button of the device)
  • Replaying packets (Replay attack)
    • run Attify ZigBee Framework
    • set channel ID, delay (to 0.4), pcap file location, number of packets to replay
    • observe that device will function without user interaction

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