Security for 802.11 wireless networks.

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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 ...
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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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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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Triangulate a mac adress

Last Sunday my iMac was stolen by a burglar. On Monday it showed up on 'find my mac'. Good police work and a lot of luck ended up in me retrieving my device that was on a location more than 50 meter ...
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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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Preventing evil twin WiFi attacks on embedded systems

I've recently been looking at a few of the low-end WiFi modules used in IoT devices, such as the TLGUA06 and ESP2866. As expected, it's possible to deauthenticate these devices by sending a ...
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How can one defend against DoS attacks at the physical layer?

Of course, there's always the odd issue of old microwaves and wireless telephone handsets interfering with Wi-Fi performance. And, in many areas, there's a fair chance that you're going to have to ...
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What security risks exist in cell phone apps' data transfer?

Smartphones apps transfer various types of data over the provider's data network (or wifi, if enabled). What security risks are there in this transfer, and how can the risks be mitigated? I'm not ...
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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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Is it safe to log into my bank website over a public wifi?

Is it safe to log into my bank website over a public wifi (like a coffee shop)? I apologize if this is a really dumb question. I realize that the connection between the browser and bank servers ...
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Does setting a WiFi AP to channel 14 avoid the most common detection methods used in Europe or the Americas?

The legally allowable band for WiFI in the US covers channels 1-11. Europe goes to 13, Japan to 14. I suspect that most tools use the WiFi driver of the machine and only scan for the channels it is ...
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Protection of eduroam credentials

Recently my educational institution officially switched over from the their own wireless network to eduroam. If I understand correctly from the FAQ, credential authentication is performed on the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can network admin detect port scan on a certain host?

Say, my laptop is connected to a large WiFi network with many other users. If a port scan is run on my IP by somebody else on the same WiFi network, is it possible for the network admin (or anybody) ...
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Getting automatically logged in to others session via Wi-Fi

Recently, I experienced a very strange behaviour on our Wi-Fi network: we share a Wi-Fi network using a simple router. One of us pays the bills and he's the one, who got the management account from ...
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Can free Wi-Fi hotspot providers snoop on HTTPS communications?

Every article (and post on this website) I find on public Wi-Fi safety is mostly concerned with other people connected to the same network snooping on our communications. As far as I understand it, ...
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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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Discovering IP or Mac address of mobile devices passing by.

Is it possible for someone to discover the IP and/or MAC address of my mobile device, even if I do not attempt to connect to their network?
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How to Man-in-the-middle a whole network?

When performing a MiTM attack, you generally need to specify the router's IP address and the "victim" IP address. I'm trying to demonstrate to a business owner why he needs to secure his network, but ...
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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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What makes PINless Wi-Fi Direct using WPS on Android secure?

I've read from Wikipedia that Wi-Fi direct uses WPS (Wifi Protected Setup), and I know that in Android (at least what I have which is 4.0.1 on Galaxy S3) uses the WPS method of the "push button" to ...
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Bypassing a captive portal with tor

I know that NSXTS and Iodine can be used to bypass a captive portal by taking advantage of permissive DNS firewall rules. What I have found recently is that simply by using Tor, I can also bypass a ...
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How does WifiKill work?

How is possible for Wifi Kill to block someone from using Wi-Fi, even if you don't have access to the router settings and you even don't use MITM (I think)?
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How does WEP wireless security work?

I want to know more about how WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) protocol for wireless security. From this Wikipedia article I have got a basic Idea. But what is the initialize vector? Is some kind of ...
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How are shopkeepers getting the MAC address of wifi enabled smartphones?

It is clear that some big malls are tracking all the wifi-enabled mobile phones before they are connected to the network... How can this be done? I have a similar issue... how to get the MAC address ...
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How to detect whether my network's key is being attempted to be cracked?

I use WPA2 encryption. But I know even that can be cracked with the aircrack suite. And a lot of users may not use strong passwords. I've read that while cracking WIFI keys the only noticeable ...
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Does a TMSI change often enough to prevent tracking?

A company called Path Intelligence has a product called Footpath which uses the TMSI, WiFi MAC address, and bluetooth MAC address to track phones as they move through stores. However, I don't see ...
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intrusion detection on own hotspot?

Is it possible to detect failed logins on the hotspots you create with your windows/linux laptops? So you can detect some dumb brute force/guessing attempts? For example, a log like this: TIME DATA - ...
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How is user authentication sent in a public wifi? Radius/802.1x/EAP etc

I visit the airport, I pull out my laptop and connect to a network (no password needed). I open up my browser and i am presented with a screen saying I need to pay to use the network. If I pay, I ...
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How eavesdropping will be performed how can I prevent from eavesdropping

I believe that eavesdropping in a man in middle attack and the message is passing from the client to server the man sitting at ISP or network hackers can look at what message I am sending. Heard that ...
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Two SSIDs on same Access point- not good?

If I were to offer two networks (one for trusted users and one to visitors) on one physical access point, is this dangerous because a visitor could compromise the trusted network across via the ...
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How long to brute-force WPA password?

Bob has a password (for his WPA encrypted wifi) which is 8 characters, all lowercase, and not a dictionary word. Eve lives next door to Bob and wants to illegally hack his WPA. The number of ...
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Is ARP poisoning necessary?

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't it possible to sniff WiFi traffic in the air? If so, what exactly is the point of ARP poisoning? In this scenario, the attacker would already be authenticated on the ...
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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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Is brute-forcing the only way to crack WPA?

I don't know much about how WPA algorithms work internally. Is brute-forcing an AP the only way to crack WPA? (or to get associated with AP) Another question is about Reaver-WPS, what if an access ...
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WiFi security using IEEE 802.1X - how secure is it?

My company's set-up involves a single AP (TPlink) that is configured to authenticate clients using RADIUS. All works well, but: on a regular WPA/WPA2 network, once you have the PSK, you are able to ...
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Wifi pineapple “Karma”

If a WiFi pineapple does a karma attack and a client connects to it, would you get the password (for the original WiFi) or would the client just connect to you? Is there anyway to stop it?
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Hotspot with same SSID, how does authorization work?

My university has a wireless network I log into with my username and password. It's using PEAP. My phone and laptop automatically connect to this SSID when they detect the network. If someone sets up ...
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Stealing WiFi Internet connection

I received a mail about illegally sharing copyright-protected material on the Internet; I never did it. I checked my router's configuration and noticed that the MAC address of one of the connected ...
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Estimated cost to make a brute-force WPA2 attack feasible

It's been shown that a brute-force attack on WPA2-Personal is possible in a reasonable amount of time. These successful attacks appear to be limited, however, to researchers who have the budget to ...
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What is the best way to protect a captive portal againt MAC spoofing

What is the best way to protect a captive portal againt MAC spoofing? The MAC Address appears one of the only ways to distinguish wireless clients from one another, anything one authenticated client ...
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MDK3 warns about WPA2 downgrade - how do I find the key in Wireshark?

While stress testing my router using MDK3, I got the message "REALLY BIG WARNING!!! Seems like a client connected to your target AP leaks PLAINTEXT data while authenticating!!" I viewed the tool ...
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What does WEP access point show during aircrack-ng attack?

I bought an old, used WRT-54G () which strangely enough, was running DD-WRT v24-sp2. Weird what turns up at yard sales. I want to try the "aircrack-ng" WEP cracking procedure on it. The criteria ...
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Ways to protect phone from hacking through a wifi network when travelling

I'm planning on traveling to a resort in Mexico. The resort offers wifi, but I know someone who recently traveled to this resort and had their phone hacked via the wifi network. I would be wanting to ...
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Does TLS authentication encrypt username as well as password?

I connect to my VPN provider using openVPN. The server uses a combination of username / password and TLS authentication. If I am on a public wifi and connecting to my VPN, is my username encrypted? ...
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How does Dumper program get default WPS without bruteforcing them?

Today I tried a program called Dumper and the program showed me default WPS of all of my neighbor access points without bruteforcing them, see screenshot below: I had to cover BSSID and ESSID of the ...