[strongSwan-dev] AUTH4 check fails with Blackberry device but works fine with Android, anyone any ideas?

Alan Evans alanrevans at gmail.com
Wed Nov 21 07:54:39 CET 2012

Hi Martin,

I finally fixed this issue with RIM devices. The problem was the Reserved
Field in the IDi sent by the RIM. It was putting junk in this field. The
RFC says the receiver should ignore the field and use zeros but charon was
using the junk.

I modified the get_reserved_id_bytes() function in
 /src/libcharon/sa/ikev2/tasks/ike_auth.c to return zeros instead and it
fixed the issue. It's just a simple one line change.



On Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 2:07 PM, Alan Evans <alanrevans at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello Martin,
> I have increased the log levels, however it's impossible to do a side
> by side analysis of the working and non-working cases due to the
> random NONCE_MT included in the Mater Key algorithm, even if I make
> the GSM triplet RANDs the same the NONCE_MT is different every time
> which generates a completely different MK.
> I've studied the specs and the code and can't see where I have gone
> wrong, except it just doesn't work.
> If I ignore the AUTH4 failure and carry on then the RIM device just
> ignores the next message.
> So it seems it is a key mismatch rather than an incompatibility in the
> AUTH payload calculation.
> I agree, it's unlikely to be a stongSwan issue, I'm hoping someone out
> there has come across something similar and can point me down the
> right path.
> As an aside, I can dump the debug logs off the RIM device but the file
> is encrypted and needs to be decrypted by RIM, maybe someone on the
> list knows someone who could do this for me.
> Regards
> AlanE
> On Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 1:10 PM, Martin Willi <martin at strongswan.org>
> wrote:
> > Hi Alan,
> >
> >> 02[IKE] RADIUS authentication of '...' successful
> >> 02[IKE] EAP method EAP_SIM succeeded, MSK established
> >
> >> 01[IKE] verification of AUTH payload with EAP MSK failed
> >
> >> Bear in mind that the same SIM Card and Security Gateway works fine on
> >> Andorid.
> >
> > It don't think it is related to strongSwan. As you're using a RADIUS
> > backend, EAP-SIM and MSK derivation happens outside of strongSwan.
> >
> > As it works with Android, it might be that the Blackberry is calculating
> > the IKEv2 AUTH payload from the MSK differently.
> >
> > You might try to increase the debug level on strongSwan to see what
> > values are used for AUTH payload calculation. If you can compare these
> > values with those one your UMA client, you might see a difference.
> >
> > Regards
> > Martin
> >
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