RE: physical security pentesting procedures, tips, audit programs?
From: Jerry Shenk (jshenk_at_decommunications.com)
To: <email@example.com> Date: Sat, 4 Dec 2004 13:12:24 -0500
I would strongly recommend against DOSing anything. I'd only do that
during a cooperative assessment. You really don't want to take some
vital piece of equipment out while nobody really knows who you are. You
might look for DOSable devices and suggest a return visit because it
probably is something that should be addressed....especially if you can
connect to the network from an unattended RJ45 jack or wireless
From: Vic N [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2004 9:40 AM
Subject: RE: physical security pentesting procedures, tips, audit
>From: marc spamcatcher <email@example.com>
>Subject: physical security pentesting procedures, tips, audit programs?
>Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 20:41:28 -0600 (CST)
>I am performing a pentest of the physical security at a hospital. Can
>anyone offer procedures, methodologies, tips, etc on this?
I'd suggest you look at the challenge from the viewpoint of an
patient left alone in an examination room. I've seen instances where IP
are plainly labelled on wireless devices in public areas (such as an ER)
these IP's match simple ARIN lookups (do the ARIN lookups before you go
Patient rooms sometimes have multiple RJ45 jacks to secondary
networks that could easily be plugged into. While it might not grant
to information, gaining access to and DOS'ing a network that say
access to vitals monitoring could be a hospitals worst nightmare (and to
clear, I don't recommend doing it for a pen-test!) and should make your
client take note.
In this mode, I'm sure you'll see numerous HIPPA violations with
workstations being left unlocked too. My experience has been that
not separated from your possessions even in an ER situation (it's just
in a bag and you hold on to it). A standard notebook w/wireless and an
RJ-45 cable idling ready to go in a non-descript bag...
If you go in as a non-critical patient needing observation and not as a
"stranger" you're bound to be left unattended in the "hurry up and wait"
nature of treatement and have more than a few minutes to test.