Two weeks ago, some of the PaulDotCom crew spent a couple of days down in Maryland hanging out with all of the great CCDC crew. While Paul and Darren played Red Team for the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Challenge, I got to play "the badge man".
It was my job to design and implement a physical access control system and conference badges that was "in scope" for the Red Team to attack, and the Blue Team to defend. Ultimately I wanted the badge to be RFID enabled, have a form factor similar to those found in industry. I also wanted them to be easy to transport and reproducible for those on student budgets. In that spirit, I'm here to spill my guts about the system, hardware and code so that you too can make this part of your cyber challenge.
The hardware is quite simple. It uses:
The badges feature laser cut acrylic (thanks to the AS220 FabLab), and Q5 RFID tags rewritten and in EN4X02 emulation mode. While we wanted to provide an RFID reader/writer for each participant, the cost became prohibitive. Instead we had some hardware that featured the
Darren the intern and I spent the better part of two weeks battling code to get this work, especially given that we were trying to compare two different variable types, and a host of other issues. What we did find that part of the problem had already been tackled before. The read and compare to a list of known values worked, but much of the rest of the code did not. The part that didn't work we knew how to fix so we used that as the base for the system. Once that was complete, it was simple as providing some feedback to the user that a badge read failed or succeeded.
Basically, the code takes input from the reader and compares it to a list of values. If it finds a match, it turns the green LED on for 3 seconds, continues to compare to the end of list and then waits for another badge and illuminates the red LED. If it doesn't match, it turns off the red LED for 1 second, and the illuminates it. Green means go, red means stop.
I also presented some information about the badge and some rules before the contest started. Those slides can be found here. Additionally, I did a wrap up of all of the ways I thought of to hack the badge system. Those slides can be found here.
Any and all feed back is welcome. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or sent me a note on twitter to @haxorthematrix.