Security for 802.11 wireless networks.

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What is the need and purpose of packet injection within WiFi attacks

According to my research, the most common WPA/WPA2 WiFi attack requires a chipset capable of packet injection. However I am not sure what this is, and what purpose it serves once you have the ...
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Security measures for a WiFi access point?

I am planning to purchase a program that comes with an App that allows you to control the program via phone. The developer told me that the connection will be done via an extra WIFI box connecting to ...
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How should I tell an organisation that they are vulnerable when I wasn't given permission to check?

I was recently at a village hall (in the UK), some distance from where I live, for a party. I noticed that they had unsecured wi-fi with an SSID of NETGEAR. I assumed it was free wi-fi for users of ...
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The Dangers of Open Wi-Fi

I know that the first response to a question titled like so is "seriously?". I know the answers exists, but I am just trying to put everything together. Using and/or having an open Wi-Fi network is ...
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Can WiFi absorbing wallpaper absorb enough signal to provide a legitimate security benefit?

This French website reports that a wifi-absorbing wallpaper provides a security benefit. Is there any legitimate support for this, assuming that most rooms have windows, and signal can escape from ...
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Bypassing hidden SSID and MAC filtering “protection”

I was browsing over this question and had some follow up questions from a practical perspective. What tools will show the SSID of an AP with the SSID set to hidden or broadcasting disabled? I have ...
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Public wifi security protocols

I should apologise first- this post could seem a lot to ask for, but I am starting to go around in circles. I am interested in securing my laptop for when I use public wireless hotspots, as I am a ...
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How to implement secure device identification in a for-pay wifi router to prevent usage fraud?

After reading this question about how for-pay wifi routers identify specific devices it got me thinking about what a secure alternative might be. I know that certain research has focused on ...
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How to check if wifi is safe while travelling?

I'm quite a bit of a traveller. So i tend to just stay with my smartphone and sometimes notebook. I'm not a security expert but i would like to check how to know if wifi is safe to use. For example, ...
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Does restricting the names of computers allowed to connect to a wifi network provide any security

In response to a statement elsewhere that MAC address filtering was essentially useless for protecting a wifi network because it was trivially by passable by network attack tools, I was asked if the ...
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Doing a demo about open wireless networks exploiting with Firesheep

A collegue and I have been asked to do a demo where we show off stealing Facebook sessions with Firesheep. I've never used Firesheep before myself, but I reckon it should be a simple task. I know the ...
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Privacy of my company's guest Wi-Fi [duplicate]

I use my company's guest Wi-Fi along with another maybe 1500 other people across our site. On my breaks I access some random chat servers. Can my company see and hear my conversation?
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What security risks do unauthorized mobile hotspot (MiFi) devices on company proprerty pose?

I'm having some difficulty determining how, or if, MiFi devices on property should be regulated. Personally, I see them as having little difference from any other rogue AP in the environment - the ...
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Can my WIFI Home router be brought down to cause me to connect to a fake AP?

I am wondering if this scenario may happen - described from the users point of view: Being connected to my home router, the connection suddenly breaks. So I go to the wireless network adapters drop ...
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Wireless client isolation - how does it work, and can it be bypassed?

Many SOHO routers these days support a feature called "wireless client isolation", or similar. What this is supposed to do, in principle, is to limit the connectivity between wireless clients ...
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Dictionary Attack on Wifi

I know a few people with pretty weak passwords. What kind of systems exist to prevent dictionary attacks? Would it make sense to restrict the number of connection attempts in a certain timeframe? ...
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Security risks of disabling SSID Broadcast

I recall having read several articles online, and even passing along the advice, stating that disabling SSID broadcast is not only useless as a security measure but also harmful to the security of the ...
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Devices with cryptic names and Chinese ip addresses connected to my router

Please see image. Does anyone have any idea of whats going on? They come and go as attached devices in my attached devices list. I also attached my routers log for you all to see. ...
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Encrypt WiFi connection per connected user

One of the questions that comes on quite often is about WiFi encryption. Now imagine that you have multiple users connecting to one AP. With a simple WPA2 protection setup they can still sniff each ...
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Any advantage to securing WiFi with a PSK, other than to keep out unauthorized

As I understand WiFi with a PSK, such as WPA(2)-PSK or WEP, anyone on the same network can decrypt anyone elses packets because everybody has the same key. In which case, if you are not going to ...
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Are smartphones at least as safe as “regular” computers for personal data?

Like a lot of people, I pretty much run my life on the Web these days. I use online bill pay, I shop at Internet retailers, I keep in touch with friends electronically, &c. I'm pretty comfortable ...
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Would an unnecessarily long password degrade performance of a WPA2 wireless network?

My friend wants to keep his home network super-secure, due to some trouble that he's had with unwelcome Wi-Fi intruders. So, naturally, he devised an ultra-long WPA2 passphrase (on the order of 100+ ...
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Why don't wifi managers remember mac addresses for hotspots to defeat the jasager attack?

So I just learned about the jasager attack, via the wifi pineapple and it struck me immediately that it wouldn't work at all if network managers (privately) associated MAC addresses with hotspots and ...
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In inSSIDer, what is the difference between WPA2-CCMP and RSNA-CCMP?

inSSIDer shows my wireless network as RSNA-CCMP. The settings on the wireless router (Linksys E2000) do not at all seem to suggest an "RSNA" security option. The security filtering options in ...
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Are strong WPA2 passwords “good enough” for WiFi security?

I'm currently using WPA2-PSK with CCMP on my home WiFi network for encryption and security. I was a big fan of MAC filtering, until I realized that MAC addresses are publicly sniffable in the 802.11 ...
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What are potential security risks when using an insecure wireless connection?

If someone is using an insecure wireless connection (for example a hot spot in a coffee shop) does it posse a threat even if the person is using a secure application layer protocol? What I mean by ...
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Has my network/computer been breached?

I'm not sure if this is the right site to ask, so I apologise if it isn't, but here goes. A while ago I started noticing some odd behaviour. My Gmail account was compromised, it seemed, and I had to ...
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How to protect a Wifi network from Microsoft WiFi Sense

Microsoft is deploying a new feature, WiFi Sense, which provides users a way to easily share passwords to wireless networks with all of their contacts. This introduces a new security failure mode: a ...
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Deploying a campus WiFi network that authenticates against an AD LDAP

We are looking to deploy about 15-20 Cisco 1131ag access points on campus. I have been reading up on different authentication methods, but I don’t know what will be the best long term solution that ...
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Obtain credentials by spoofing WPA/WPA2 Enterprise network?

I have a large scale wireless network secured using WPA/WPA2 Enterprise authentication. Recently, I was made aware of the possibility that someone may use a dd-wrt router and a computer to spoof the ...
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How to get hold of and use WPA session keys?

I'm testing sniffing and decrypting my WPA2 wifi network traffic. But when using airdecap to decrypt the capture file (created by airodump) using my WPA passphrase I only get broadcast traffic. If I ...
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Linux wireless hacking book

I am looking for recommendations on a good wireless hacking book. I would like something more focused towards the defensive, but a healthy knowledge of both would be great. I would also need it to go ...
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How does WPA2-Enterprise protect against an evil twin attack?

Original question title: What information do EAP-TLS certificates contain I recently read a couple of topics on stackoverflow, concerning the verification of Wi-Fi access points: How Are Wi-Fi ...
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Does WiFi SSID spoofing also affect known password protected networks?

I read quite a bit from Troy Hunt about spoofing WiFi SSIDs and luring devices to connect to them. When the Pineapple device sees a probe request it will create a WiFi with the probed SSID. The naive ...
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Four-way Handshake in WPA-Personal (WPA-PSK)

Can someone explain to me in what consists the Four-way Handshake in WPA-Personal (WPA with Pre-Shared Key), which informations are being sent between AP and client, how is it possible to find the AP ...
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Wireless hardware with limited range?

I have never used wireless networking at home, but am considering it. Does anyone make wireless hardware designed for single-room connectivity? Several sources have recommended WPA2, but I'd still ...
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How to keep secure while browsing on open wifi when SSL VPN is blocked?

After a recent visit to a hotel I was surprised to discover that they blocked access to my OpenVPN server. I often use this as a way to secure my internet traffic when I am on public wireless. ...
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Is a longer WiFi password more secure?

Today I had to type the same password to connect to a WPA2-secured WiFi network several times, and got really annoyed with the length of the password. Especially since it is just a phrase repeated ...
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Detecting the presence of wifi devices

Is it possible, with a normal wifi adapter, to detect present wifi devices in the surrounding? Let's say, is it possible to detect an Iphone with wifi switched on in the range of my wifi adapter? ...
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The new CCMP attack against WPA/WPA2 PSK

The use of Counter Mode with Cipher Block Chaining Message Authentication Code Protocol (CCMP) for WPA/WPA2 PSK is being attacked. This is a trivial attack (offline brute force) against the initial ...
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Wireless auto-join on laptops

Maybe I have the wrong idea but this is a question that has been floating in my head for some time. Whenever you use an iPhone (or a Mac, Apple products seem to be more prone to this because it ...
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How do WPA/WPA2 cracking programs know when the PMK/PTK is correct?

I'm doing some pen-testing on my home wlan with aircrack-ng and it got me wondering how programs like these(eg. aircrack-ng, cowPatty, pyrit etc) really work. Specially, when performing a ...
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Wifi penetration testing: Why aireplay-ng de-authentication does not work?

I am trying to pentest the security of the password of my wireless network. It is a WPA2 with pre-shared-keys. My current computer is connected to the wifi router and I try to de-auth my own machine. ...
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Does WPA2 Enterprise mitigate evil twin attacks?

One of the dangers of using WPA2-PSK is the possibility that an attacker may setup another wireless network with the same SSID and even use the same access point MAC address via MAC spoofing. The ...
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What risks does WPA carry?

A family member of mine would like to be able to play old PSP games online. Unfortunately the device does not support WPA2, and my network is strictly WPA2 AES secured. What are the risks involved in ...
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Is it possible to speed up WPA/WPA2-PSK cracking using a rogue AP?

We know that WPA/WPA2-PSK uses a PTK (Pairwise Transient Key) for each client to encrypt the communication. This PTK is generated through the process known as 4-way handshake. As told in the related ...
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wlan security - why is it not possible to protect against deauthentication flooding

Wireless security (Wikipedia) describes security issues due to the fact that wi-fi deauthentication packets are unencrypted: Weak PSK passphrases can be broken using off-line dictionary attacks by ...
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Can I isolate a specific computer on my network?

My brother gets malware infections practically every week. Apparently he had a infection over the past 24 hours, I only noticed it because I checked the router logs and saw a massive amount of network ...
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How effective is the iOS “Send All Traffic to VPN” setting at deterring Wifi-based attacks?

iOS version 5 and newer has a setting for VPNs to "Send All Traffic" over that VPN. I think that sending all data to a trusted VPN target would ensure privacy of all communication sent over that WiFi ...
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Is my router vulnerable if WPS is enabled but WPS pin code is disabled?

I was reading about Reaver and wi-fi protected setups (WPS). In my Netgear router I have the option to disable the WPS pin code, but still have the WPS push button enabled. Am I secured with such ...