Information on the WRTU54G UMA TA

Getting shell / console access

The easiest part is to flash a modified firmware image that removes the root password from the /etc/passwd file in the squashfs.

You can then access the serial console and log in as root without password.

Changing the SEGW / GANC address

On the shell of the device, change to the /nv directory and edit the two lines in rc.conf for UMA_SGW and UMA_UNC to:


h2. Enabling more logging

In /nv/rc.conf:


h2. Adding a new CA Certificate

While modifying the firmware, add your new CA root certificate in DER format to /ramdisk_copy/etc/kineto/ and then add the filename
and path into a new line in /ramdisk_copy/etc/kineto/init_ike.cfg, like this:
ike ca /etc/kineto/my_new_ca.der

Furthermore, edit /etc/rc.d/init.d/umaset and /etc/rc.d/init.d/RJ11_recovery to each include a line like this:
echo "ike ca /etc/kineto/my_new_ca.der" >> $IKE_CONF

h2. Enabling telnet

Using the toolchain included in the Linksys WRTU54G GPL release, you can cross-compile utelnetd for a compatible uclibc:
./utelnetd-0.1.11 $ make CC=mipsel-linux-gcc
mipsel-linux-gcc -I. -pipe -DSHELLPATH=\"/bin/login\" -Wall -fomit-frame-pointer   -c -o utelnetd.o utelnetd.c
mipsel-linux-gcc  -I. -pipe -DSHELLPATH=\"/bin/login\" -Wall -fomit-frame-pointer utelnetd.o  -o utelnetd
strip  --remove-section=.comment --remove-section=.note utelnetd
./utelnetd-0.1.11 $

You can then include this utelnetd binary into the squashfs image to /usr/sbin/utelnted.

Furthermore, you have to edit /etc/rc.d/rc.proprietary and change the line
[ "@uname -ar | grep diag@" ] && /usr/sbin/utelnetd&
to unconditionally start the telnet daemon at every boot.  Alternatively, you can set
in /nv/rc.conf.

h1. Setting up a SEGW

The SEGW needs to
* allocate a virtual IP to the remote end from a local pool
* use EAP-SIM to authenticate the peer, using tuples (IMSI/RAND/SRES/Kc)
* authenticate itself using a certificate that has been signed by the CA certificate installed on the WRT54U
* provide at least one DNS server via IKEv2 attributes to the peer

h2. compiling strongswan

You can use strongswan-4.4.1 and use the following compile-time configure options:
--enable-eap-radius --enable-eap-aka --enable-sqlite --enable-eap-sim --enable-eap-sim-file --enable-eap-simaka-sql

h2. strongswan configuration files

h3. /etc/strongswan.conf

charon {
        threads = 16
        plugins {
                attr {
                        dns =

libhydra {
  plugins {
    attr-sql {
      database = sqlite:///etc/ipsec.d/ipsec.db

h3. /etc/ipsec.conf

config setup
        charondebug="ike 2, knl 2, net 2, cfg 2" 

conn %default

conn uma-segw

h3. /etc/ipsec.d/triplets.dat

Populate this with SIM authentication triplets like this (identity derived of IMSI, RAND, SRES, Kc):

h3. /etc/ipsec.secrets

: RSA /etc/ipsec.d/private/segw_key_raw.pem

h3. /etc/ipsec.d/certs/segw_cert.pem

This is the PEM file of your certificate for the SEGW, using the CN of the FQDN.

h3. /etc/ipsec.d/cacerts/my_ca.pem

This is the CA root certificate of the CA that has issued your segw_cert.pem

h3. /etc/ipesc.d/private/segw_key_raw.pem

This is the *raw* RSA private key for your segw_cert.pem, and is *not PKCS8*.

h4. make sure your private key is not PKCS8

The default script of openssl generates private keys in PKCS8 format, which is not supported
by charon of [[OpenSWAN]].  you have to convert the PKCS8 into raw RSA files like this:
openssl rsa -in my_privatekey.pem -out my_privatekey_raw.pem

h2. SEGW tweaks for specific phones

h3. Nokia C7

h4. IMSI to EAP-SIM identity

the derivation of the EAP-SIM identity from the IMSI works slightly different.  If the IMSI starts with 9017000 then nokia will generate
1901700000000716@uma.*mnc070* as opposed to the 1901700000000426@uma.*mnc700* in Blackberry
and the WRTU54G.

h4. the identity at the IKE level is different

A blackberry connects:
i.e. it uses identity[%any] for the segw (left) side.

A nokia C7 connects:
i.e. it uses the identity[] for the segw (left) side.


h3. Nokia 6301

This phone seems to have only been sold to Orange UK, and thus only a hard-coded UMA/GAN SEGW and UNC are configured in it.

No matter which sim is inserted, it will always do a DNS lookup for and then establish an IKE session to the
resulting IP.  Interestingly, it is first trying to resolve AAAA (IPv6), which fails and is followed by a fall-back to IPv4.

Using a dns proxy it would of course be easy to return our own SEGW IP address to that host name.  However, without any means of
installing our own SEGW certificate (or signing CA certificate), it would never authenticate.

Anyone knowing information how to alter the UMA/GAN profiles in Nokia phones: Please let us know!

Updated by ahuemer almost 8 years ago · 11 revisions

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