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The Final 'Final' Nail in WEP's Coffin?

 
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quietman7
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 5:00 am    Post subject: The Final 'Final' Nail in WEP's Coffin? Reply with quote

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Researchers have discovered a new way of attacking Wired Equivalent Privacy that requires an amount of data "more than an order of magnitude" less than the best known key-recovery attacks. In effect, the cracking can be done within a minute...What's new that has been missing from WEP cracking until now is that a Wi-Fi attacker no longer needs long periods of time nor much smarts...Wi-Fi security experts agree that the new WEP cracking techniques should be a wake-up call for equipment manufacturers to make defaults more secure and to make the security features easier to use...

http://www.security.ithub.com/article/The+Final+Final+Nail+in+WEPs+Coffin/204775_1.aspx
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a need here for a bit of updating as to the Wired Equivalent Protocol or WEP.With all the information available and indeed I, like the respected quietman7 comment suggested was aware of two film shorts appearing on google that showed a forced breakin in less than one minute.I said," wow".I had prior to that particuliar view worked under the impression that was talked of in a Security Now Broadcast dated for October 27,2005 titled "Bad WiFi Security",(WEP and MAC address filtering)There was to be sure much more than merely how much time it would take to brake into a WEP protected site however it was established that up to a particuliar point in time it was,that is the time that it would take to brake a WEP encoded site approximately or it was suggested in under an hour.Security Now Episode #11-dated for October 27,th 2005.Speakers: Steve Gibson & Leo Laporte. Source File: http://media.GRC.com/sn/SN-011.mp3 File Archive: http://www.GRC.com/securitynow.htm Then this broadcast on google occurred and indeed I said WOW.I have included another broadcast on much the same topic though the Title to this particuliar Security Now broadcast was " Unbreakable WiFi Security" which was dated for Nov.10,2005 again as they are most every week.The speakers Steve Gibson & Leo Laporte disscuss other prospects and WPA or Wireless Protected Access.Here for any who are interested is linked to the archives. Source File: http://media.GRC.com/sn/SN-013.mp3 File Archive: http://www.GRC.com/securitynow.htm.I wanted to include some other information because WEP is still out there and indeed a Wireless combination Modem/ Router from Adaptec was just received from Verizon.net and though only a temporary stay it is what is in effect.The WEP Secured Protocol with a 128 bit integer is in effect with the following reference being included in the latest information as per Wired Equivalent Protocol http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wired_Equivalent_Privacy The Wikipedia is excellent.WEP is apparently more than merely WEP these days.!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nx42qr7, I would recommend that you use paragraphs and proper spacing at the end of your sentences to improve the readability of your posts. Bumping old topics is usually considered bad forum etiquette but I'll take any opportunity to slam WEP.

WEP is useless. It provides a false sense of security and is overly complicated to use for the average user. WPA has been around for some 5 years now and should be used because it is easier to use and far more secure.

It is a shame that companies still make use of WPA difficult. Nintendo didn't include WPA support for it's Nintendo DS, thereby forcing people to use WEP or a mix mode that supports WEP.

The Security Now links are good even though they are old. The general content still holds true. Episode 11 does explain the concepts of wireless security and how it works quite well.
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