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Re: NTP Md5 or AutoKey?
On Mon, 03 Nov 2008 22:23:07 PST, Paul Ferguson said: > I'm just wondering -- in globak scheme of security issue, is NTP > security a major issue? The biggest problem is that you pretty much have to spoof a server that the client is already configured to be accepting NTP packets from. And *then* you have to remember that your packets can only lie about the time by a very small number of milliseconds or they get tossed out by the NTP packet filter that measures the apparent jitter. Remember, the *real* clock is also sending correct updates. At *best*, you lie like hell, and get the clock thrown out as an "insane" timesource. But at that point, a properly configured clock will go on autopilot till a quorum of sane clocks reappears, so you don't have much chance of wedging in a huge time slew (unless you *really* hit the jackpot, and the client reboots and does an ntpdate and you manage to cram in enough false packets to mis-set the clock then). So in most cases, you can only push the clock around by milliseconds - and that doesn't buy you very much room for a replay attack or similar, because that's under the retransmit timeout for a lost packet. It isn't like you can get away with replaying something from 5 minutes ago. Now, if you wanted to be *dastardly*, you'd figure out where a site's Stratum-1 server(s) have their GPS antennas, and you'd read the recent research on spoofing GPS signals - at *that* point you'd have a good chance of controlling the horizontal and vertical....