IPTComm 2007, Day One

Day one of IPTComm brings a whole raft of VoIP Security topics: Saverio Niccolini of NEC Philips spoke about a holistic approach to VoIP intrusion detection and prevention, including the use of a “honeypot” to draw attacks away from the true telephony service to a dummy that can help in analsysis of attacks. Jens Fiedler of Fraunhofer Fokus spoke about VoIP Defender, a prototype system that allows the dynamic analysis of SIP traffic, with realtime generation of filter rules, then applied back to the signalling traffic. Ali Fessi (Univ. of Tuebingen) spoke about CoSIP, and attempt to marry traditional SIP servers with a P2P SIP approach, with the aim of improving resilience to system failures or DoS attack. Humberto Abdelnur (INRIA) described Kiph, a stateful SIP fuzzer. Rather then the approach taken by the PROTOS toolset, KIF is SIP-specific, and understands not just the grammar, but also to some extent the context and behaviour of SIP, in order to better test for vulnerabilities in SIP-based products. Finally Ge Zhang (Fraunhofer FOKUS) spoke about DoS attacks to VoIP, based on attacks to the DNS server, which of course the SIP Proxy depends upon for its function. He also described some limited defences against this threat.

Interestingly, Henning Schulzrinne told us in his opening remarks that our host, Columbia University NY, recently experienced its own SPIT (Internet Telephony SPAM) attack, with someone accessing the Proxy, and “war dialling” a lot of IP phone extensions. There have been few real-life examples of this so far, but you can see that large IP communities, like universities, are likely to attract such attacks.

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