With an Evil Twin attack is it possible for the access point to send malware to connected devices? If it is, how can this be prevented?

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    Of course, but the victim has to be vulnerable. I'm not sure how the Evil Twin attack is required or even a factor. If you are on the same network, then you could potentially infect another machine.
    – schroeder
    Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 20:28
  • " is it possible for the access point to send malware to connected devices?" Yes and also it's possible to perform local network attacks since attacker and target are on the same network.
    – game0ver
    Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 20:51
  • @schroeder how can i infect the device? i didn't see other ways i can infect them with spoof or MITM what else?
    – hema ezzat
    Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 21:22
  • @game0ver How can malware be delivered to the target device? is it by MITM or Spoof to url or what?
    – hema ezzat
    Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 21:24
  • mitm and fake URLs are a path, they are not exploits themselves - the target needs to be vulnerable to something and if it is, then you craft the path you need to exploit that vulnerability. Wannacry is an example of a vulnerability that could be exploited with just access to the same network
    – schroeder
    Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 21:57

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Yes, all it takes is for an attacker to have a stronger signal. Due to how common it is for institutions to have multiple access points for a single wireless network, BSSID(an access point hardware identifier) is no longer used for network identification.

An attacker can use an off-the-shelf device like a Wifi Pineapple by Hak5. An attacker could also use a custom device that also acts as a rogue access point to perform a tailored attack(i.e., create a webpage with javascript that forces download) to a device. There are more sophisticated attacks, it may be worth looking into security of the 802.11 protocol or using Wireshark to sniff some of your own traffic and test out common attacks.

You can reduce your exposure to wireless attacks by using only trusted networks. If on public wifi use a VPN, or just skip it and use a cellular hotspot you control.

  • How the tailored attack works i search on it but i didn't find something useful is it like MITM? or what tools they used for this kind of attack?
    – hema ezzat
    Commented Jul 19, 2018 at 4:42
  • @hemaezzat, a tailored attack is simply an attack customized for a particular target. Writing your own exploit after reading academic research on system vulnerabilities specific to your victim is an example
    – ste11ar
    Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 19:22

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