Security for 802.11 wireless networks.

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If a hacker is on the same Wifi Network as I am, what can he do? [duplicate]

Ok so when a hacker has the wifi network's password and gets on the network, he can do things like monitor traffic, catch passwords, even access PCs, etc. But what I'm interested of knowing is what ...
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Why isn't open WiFi encrypted?

As far as I understand, WiFi networks that require no password send traffic through the air unencrypted. Those that require a password encrypt each connection uniquely, even if they're all using the ...
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Why is WPA Enterprise more secure than WPA2?

In personal mode WPA2 is more secure than WPA. However, I have read that WPA Enterprise provides stronger security than WPA2 and I am unsure exactly how this is achieved.
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Standard algorithm for WEP key generator 64-bit [closed]

I have downloaded the following function from the internet. It's a WEP Key generator for 64-bit from a giving passphrase. and I m wondering if a such algorithm is a standard algorithm? or it's an ...
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how to monitor a Wifi (802.11) network?

How to capture a sequential stream of data between two machines, making no assumptions about network layer protocols? On wired network, one can do it by ARP spoofing and then sniff the network. One ...
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Is the GTK or MIC in the unencrypted portion of a WPA protected frame?

In order to decrypt traffic you must have all 4 portions of the WPA Handshake. In WPA protected data frames, is there an unencrypted portion of that frame that has some sort of identifiable value to ...
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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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Is there any security threat with open WiFi connection?

For a few days, my mobile device has been able to catch WiFi signals that are within its radius. It's not asking for a password to use the service. So, I'm using the WiFi service whenever I need to. ...
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How WEP/WPA authentication works in a WiFi environment?

I'm looking on a clear schema that would explain how a computer connect to an WiFi access point (WEP or WPA in any version (1,2)). The basic schema would be : Computer looks which AP are available ...
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Is it possible to configure any of wifi protocols so that the network is undetectable?

I am wondering if it possible to configure my DD-WRT router so that the wifi network I am using is undetectable - impossible to tell if there is any network broadcasting even if there are clients ...
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Measuring SNR to detect jammers in Wi-Fi networks

I'm trying to figure out a way to detect a Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz signal Jammer. I am not looking into locating the location of the jammer but rather detect the jamming signal. How do i do so using only ...
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WPS vulnerability scanning for handshakes to detect the attack

I was able to sniff the EAP packets from the attacker machine with a wireless card on p-mode, however i was not able to sniff this data off the user using the same card under windows. Wireshark, did ...
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Has the WPS brute-force cracking issue been fixed?

I have heard a rumor that the WPS brute force attack doesn't work on newer devices, and that you now have to try all 10^7 PINs to find the correct one. Is that true?
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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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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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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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Why does layer 2 IDS seem underdeveloped compared to layer 3 IDS, for wireless network?

I understand that there are many applications such as Snort that do the job for network layer 3 IDS. From what I have researched, layer 2 wireless IDS seems like a field that is very slow in ...
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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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Tracing Wireless Card

Let's say that hypothetically someone had broken into a WiFi connection. We can't find any evidence of whom it is via sniffing the traffic or anything of the sort. Is there any way to triangulate ...
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Can wifi administrator see data transfer over android phone. precisely gmail app communication

sometimes I connect to wifi outside my home in office , restaurants and friends house. I want to know if wifi administrator can see the exact data my android phone communicates? I am only concerned ...
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If someone hacks my wi-fi connnection, what can they see and how?

I have two questions on wifi security: If someone knows my wifi password (be it WEP or WPA) what can they see on my screen? Do they just see URLs I visit, or can they see everything in my ...
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How to use phone's Wifi tethering to demonstrate security vulnerabilities on phones [closed]

I am teaching a course to highschool students about computers, and I wanted to do something different for tomorrow class. I was thinking to teach them about wifi security vulnerabilities through a ...
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Why can you bypass restricted WiFis by adding “?.jpg” to the URL?

I recently read an article on Hacking a commercial airport WLAN. It's basically about circumventing paid airport WiFi redirections (they redirect you to a certain URL when you type something in the ...
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Wifi box produces three SSIDs?

While using a friend's wifi, he said I should use his SSID, let's call it XYZ's Wifi. When I started my Macbook Pro, three SSIDs came up. Two were called XYZ's Wifi and the third was called XYZ's ...
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How can I configure my router to prevent connections bypassing it?

I am trying to configure my router to control access for several of my devices at home. I am currently using a linksys router. Our home consists of three devices (a desktop, a laptop, and a ...
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How to Investigate Wi-Fi Intrusion and where to look for evidence?

I'm trying to figure out how to configure a network so that I can tell what an intruder did (in the past) while on the network after they are detected. eg. If someone with a wi-fi enabled laptop ...
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What are the methods to crack WPA and WPA2? [closed]

Is there any method other than brute force and dictionary attacks to break WPA and WPA2?
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Is it possible to change the wifi password with a script?

I was wondering if it is possible to change the password for a wifi with a script instead of having to log-in to the routers firmware?
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Wifi login redirect applications

This may sound a bit naive questions as i am a beginner. But I do my best to put it into words. You may have experience when sometimes you want to use the internet in a cafe for example (with your ...
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Best way to secure Wi-Fi Direct connection

I have setup WiFi Direct connection between two Android devices by using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) "push button" for authentication.I also want to secure the connection itself by securing the data ...
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OS Fingerprinting for Android

Are traditional OS-fingerprinting techniques effective in identifying Android smartphones (OS version) on a network. From my research I found most Android network mappers can be only run from Android ...
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How do I holistically protect a web service from network and MITM attacks?

I have several financial web services that are accessed over HTTPS, however the client devices may be accessing the web services over untrusted WiFi, through questionable proxies, and possibly ToR ...
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Cracking a wpa2-psk wifi

I'm cracking a wpa2-psk wifi with aircrack-ng. After popullating the *cap file I'll apply brute-force with john. The question is: What time is it recommend to run airodump-ng before killing it's ...
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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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Which Wifi encryption method is secure?

you may wonder apple just removed ethernet port from new macbooks which means we have to use wifi! i made a wifi hotspot with my windows laptop to use for my macbook (my modem don't have wifi because ...
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Does Kismac 0.3.3 (0.3.3) work on Mac OSX 10.8.2 [closed]

Does Kismac 0.3.3 (0.3.3) built on February 7th work on Mac OSX 10.8.2 It doesn't seem to scan for me. Both are the latest versions as of today.
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What is the most common default security setting on most consumer and small business Wi-Fi routers? [closed]

I am writing a paper right now which involves Wi-Fi security (I'll spare you the details). A major argument in this area depends on the assertion that Wi-Fi routers come defaulted as open networks (ie ...
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How to detect/list rogue computers connected to a WIFI network without access to the Wifi Router interface?

This is what I believe to be an interesting challenge :) A relative (that lives a bit too far to go there in person) is complaining that their WIFI/Internet network performance has gone down ...
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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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Safe to make a VPN connection over coffee shop WIFI?

On my work laptop I regularly create a VPN connection that I use to remote desktop to our web server. Is this safe to do on a coffee shop where random people are connected to the same wifi network?
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Getting automatically logged in to others session via WIFI

Recently i got a very strange behavior on our WIFI network: We share a WIFI network with a simple router. One of us pays the bills and he's the one, who got the management account from our ISP. So if ...
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Strength of WEP, WPA and WPA 2 PSK

I know there are three method for wifi security. What are the relative strengths of the password encryption in WEP, WPA and WPA2 PSK?
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How to block or detect user setting up their own personal wifi AP in our LAN?

Recently, I found a user plug a USB Wifi stick on his desktop, and set up an AP without password. How can we detect or block this via firewall rules or other approach?
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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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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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Wi-fi security using WPA or WEP

In current years we have used WPA and WPA 2 for the encryption of data sent over an 802.11 network. But in the past WEP is used . From time to time, many people say that WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) ...
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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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What are the risks of a rogue Access Point? What lessons can be learned from the Wifi Pineapple?

I'd like to educate colleagues and peers on rogue access points using the tool "Wifi Pineapple". What are some specific security-related lessons I could demonstrate? If applicable, what are the ...
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Is a VPN the only way to protect against rogue Wifi access points MITM attacks?

Given that it's very easy set up a rogue access point and MITM that connection, is a VPN to a trusted host the only real way to secure my browsing and other TCP/UDP actions? This question relates to ...
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Airbase-ng & Metasploit the perfect pair

So if I am running an airbase-ng soft AP, I have several clients connecting to me. I can run metasploit against them once they are connected manually, but that is oh too much effort. Is there anyway ...