[HES2014] LTE vs. Darwin: The Evolution Strikes Back? by Hendrik Schmidt & Brian Butterly

[HES2014] LTE vs. Darwin: The Evolution Strikes Back? by Hendrik Schmidt & Brian Butterly

Whether believing in Darwin or not, the Darwin-Award states an important fact of mankind, technology and probably everything that exists: You only make certain mistakes once. For mankind this usually implies taking oneself out of the gene pool, for companies it can mean to vanish of the market and for technology, well, early death.
So when looking at “Long Term Evolution”, providers need to implement proposed features properly and work out secure configurations for their networks. Otherwise, they might be struck by Darwin; being hacked and having break-ins in back- or front-end structures, could result in a situation from which companies might not be able to recover.
Having stated very ambitious plans, concepts and standards for LTE, the 3GPP group has designed a complex but self-organizing system. Surely, with new methods come new attack vectors. Our research is aimed at these new methods and split into three chapters: awareness of user equipment, an overview on self-organizing networks, and theoretical and practical attacks against themselves and their interfaces. This includes potential attack vectors, information gathering and an analysis of component
implementation and the overall architecture.

More information about Hackito Ergo Sum here : http://www.hackitoergosum.org



April 24, 2014