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RFC 7430, "Analysis of Residual Threats and Possible Fixes for Multipath TCP (MPTCP)", July 2015

Source of RFC: mptcp (tsv)

Errata ID: 4565

Status: Verified
Type: Technical

Reported By: Fabrizio Demaria
Date Reported: 2015-12-14
Verifier Name: Martin Stiemerling
Date Verified: 2016-01-12

Section 6 says:

   Summary of the attack:

      Type of attack: An attacker that can intercept the SYN/JOIN
      message can alter the source address being added.

      Type of attacker: partial-time on-path eavesdropper

   Description:

   The attacker is present along the path when the SYN/JOIN exchange
   takes place.  This allows the attacker to add any new address it
   wants to by simply substituting the source address of the SYN/JOIN
   packet for one it chooses.  This vulnerability was readily identified
   when designing the MPTCP security solution [RFC6181], and the threat
   was considered acceptable.

It should say:

   Summary of the attack:

      Type of attack: An attacker that can intercept the SYN/JOIN
      message can alter the source address being added.

      Type of attacker: partial-time on-path active attacker

   Description:

   The attacker is present along the path when the SYN/JOIN exchange
   takes place.  This allows the attacker to add any new address it
   wants to by simply substituting the source address of the SYN/JOIN
   packet for one it chooses.  This vulnerability was readily identified
   when designing the MPTCP security solution [RFC6181], and the threat
   was considered acceptable.

Notes:

As noted in section 1, an active attacker is able to change, discard, or delay some of the packets of the MPTCP session. This coincide with the description of the SYN/JOIN attack in section 6.

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