802.1x

Tapping 802.1x Links with Marvin

While testing fat clients and appliances for resistance against man-in-the-middle attack I always had to mess with iptables/ebtables/socat to divert network connections. It is enough in most cases, but sometimes the setup gets too elaborate. To make my life easier, I have decided to write a tool, capable to divert and re-inject a network connections while preserving the original network addresses, including layer 2 ones. The tool is not complete yet, but it already can be used to tap into a wired network protected with 802.1x, so I've decided to publish it anyway.

Making Linux network bridge transparent for 802.1x packets

Update 17/01/2011: If you are interested in 802.1x bridging, have a look at my Tapping 802.1x Links with Marvin blog post.

802.1x authentication messages are sent in Ethernet frames with destination MAC address set to 01:80:C2:00:00:03. This address belongs to “IEEE 802.1D MAC Bridge Filtered MAC Group Addresses” (01:80:C2:00:00:00 to 01:80:C2:00:00:0F) and such frames are not supposed to be relayed by bridges conforming to IEEE 802.1D [2]. For a number of reasons, you may want these frames to go through your bridge.

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