Allowing any NAS to connect to my radiusd.

Marcin Jessa lists at
Fri Jul 15 13:09:35 CEST 2005

On Fri, 15 Jul 2005 11:42:57 +0100
"Guy Davies" <Guy.Davies at> wrote:

> Hi Marcin,
> You can create a subnet in clients.conf (e.g. that can
> use the same key.  I think that doing would be a very bad plan
> since it only requires that an attacker know the shared key to be able
> to send valid requests.  Since all your devices are matched by a single
> entry then *all* your devices by definition must use the same key 
Good point, they'd need the same key.

>and it
> becomes more likely that the knowledge of that key will "get out" and
> you'll have the tedious task (if you even notice) of changing the secret
> key on every single NAS.
> If you can constrain it to a small subnet, then that's slightly better
> (although still somewhat risky).
> The best method is to have individual clients listed with *unique* keys
> per client (yes, I know this is a real pain but if you want security
> this is about the best you can do with the limited security afforded by
> the shared key).

I know how things work, I was just wondering about the approach since that would make some things easier for me.
What other risks does one run when others to query your radiusd ?
I dont think dictionary checks are that useful since passwords and username are all pretty long and use special characters.
Could this have a more serious impact on the server like DOS or such ?

> Rgds,
> Guy
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: freeradius-users-bounces at 
> > [mailto:freeradius-users-bounces at] On 
> > Behalf Of Marcin Jessa
> > Sent: 15 July 2005 11:29
> > To: FreeRadius
> > Subject: Allowing any NAS to connect to my radiusd.
> > 
> > 
> > Hi.
> > 
> > I would like to allow any NAS IP to connect to my radius 
> > server restricting connections from NAS only with shared 
> > secret - username and password. Is it possible to use 
> > or ANY in clients.conf/SQL nas table ? What are the security 
> > issues having an open setup like that ?
> > 
> > Cheers
> > Marcin Jessa.
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