Title: Implementation of a Malicious Traffic Filter Using Snort and Wireshark as a Proof of Concept to Enhance Mobile Network Security, Journal of Telecommunications and Information Technology, 2022, nr 1


In the 1970s, roaming interconnections for cellular networks were designed for a few trusted parties. Hence, security was not a major concern. Today, the SS7 (Signaling System no. 7) solution that is several decades old is still used for many roaming interconnections. SS7 has been proven vulnerable to serious threats due to deregulation, expansion, and convergence with IP-based Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks. The limitations of the SS7 network that it is unable to check the subscriber’s authentic location, verify their identity and filter illegitimate messages, makes the system vulnerable to attacks. Adversaries taking advantage of these shortcomings can inflict threats such as interception of calls and text messages, subscriber tracking and denial of service attacks. Although LTE and Diameter signaling protocols promise enhanced security keeping up with the latest attack vectors, their inherent flaws related to roaming interconnections are still there and continue to make the networks vulnerable. Hence, a highly secure signaling network is required to protect the operators and the subscribers from a diverse range of security attacks. SS7 network protocol layers, such as signaling connection control part (SCCP), transaction capabilities application part (TCAP), and global system for mobile Communications – mobile application part (GSM MAP), manage connectivity between networks and subscribers. An analysis of the parameters of these layers may provide a clear insight into any anomalies present. Unfortunately, these parameters are not validated and verified at the network’s edge. The major contribution of this research is a methodology for detecting anomalies by checking malformed parameters and intra-layer parameter discrepancies at the abovementioned protocol layers. This paper provides an insight into the severity of SS7 network security vulnerabilities. Furthermore, it provides a proof of concept for the analysis of SS7 network traffic using the Wireshark packet capture tool and the Snort intrusion detection system (IDS) capable of detecting malicious traffic patterns.


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ISSN 1509-4553, on-line: ISSN 1899-8852 ; oai:bc.itl.waw.pl:2216


Journal of Telecommunications and Information Technology



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