January 2012

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SIP uses a cryptographic algorithm called MD5 for authentication however MD5 was invented in 1991 and since that time a number of flaws have been exposed in it. The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued a vulnerability notice in 2008 that included the quote below.

Do not use the MD5 algorithm
Software developers, Certification Authorities, website owners, and users should avoid using the MD5 algorithm in any capacity. As previous research has demonstrated, it should be considered cryptographically broken and unsuitable for further use.

Does that mean SIP’s authentication mechanism is vulnerable? While not necessarily so, at least in relation to the MD5 flaws, the real answer is it depends on how much your password is worth to an attacker? For example if your SIP password only uses alphabetic characters and is 7 characters or less in length it can be brute forced for less than $1!

Read the full article here.

Due to popular request, mainly from Voxalot refugees, a new web callback feature is now available for SIPSorcery Premium and Professional users. The feature is available on the AJAX portal. Unlike the original call manager approach (outline at the bottom of this page) which initiated a Ruby dial plan execution and did not require authentication the new mechanism DOES require authentication and sets up a call between two pre-configured dial strings rather than executing an existing dial plan.

The new mechanism is simpler to use but is not as powerful and flexible as the original approach. Hopefully the new mechanism is closer to what Voxalot refugees are used to and will allow any saved Voxalot callbacks to be used.

There is help available but the mechanism should be fairly intuitive to use.  The way it works is that you enter in two dial strings (dial strings are the same format as those that can be used in sys.Dial in Ruby dial plans and can include multiple call legs and other options) and a description. After that it’s just a matter of clicking on “place call” and the SIPSorcery server will attempt to call the first leg and if it gets an answer will then call the second leg and finally bridge the calls together with a SIP re-INVITE.

Enjoy!