Elephant distribution: Beeline gave its subscribers free access to the Beeline WI-FI network via EAP-SIM

Published on November 08, 2013

Elephant distribution: Beeline gave its subscribers free access to the Beeline WI-FI network via EAP-SIM



    Many when entering cafes, restaurants, airports noticed the presence of the Beeline WI-FI WPA network. This is a paid network of the former Golden Telecom, earlier it was possible to access it only by paying or receiving a service as part of the package.

    But starting from October 25-26, all users of the Beeline mobile network received free automatic access to this Wi-Fi network.
    In other words - they entered the network coverage area, if WI-FI is enabled on the device - they automatically connected to the network.

    (Not) Big fly in the ointment


    Currently, automatic access only works on iOS devices.

    Why only on iOS, how is it implemented?


    * .Ipcc files are used to configure the operating parameters of iOS - they are created by the operator and subsequently distributed to Apple on all devices.

    Yes, yes, it is this file that blocks LTE in Russia.

    In it, you can specify a lot of interesting SSID access points and authentication method.

    After the official start of iPhone sales in Russia, the operator updated this file - ipcc, including auto-connection to access points there.

    But there are questions


    1) Is there a charge for connecting to this access point? (If the Hot Spot 2.0 standard is used, then it is possible to implement)
    2) Is there subscriber authentication, or is the shared password secure for everyone (Which would be very strange)
    In other words, how the AAA mechanism was implemented

    Why it was distributed the elephants - it’s not clear, but it’s good that Beeline decided finally use your Wi-Fi network for its intended purpose.

    PS More details could be found, but you need an IPCC file that you can get when jailbroking the device.
    PS2: Android users - tell me, do you have a similar method for setting up devices?


    UPD:
    Authentication using EAP-SIM


    In the ipcc file, a profile is set for everyone that allows you to access the desired network.