Passphrase Flaw Exposed in WPA Wireless Security

    Date11 Nov 2003
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    A research paper posted online warns of holes in the latest WiFi (or 802.11) wireless cryptography protocol and outlines how WiFi Protected Access (WPA) can be compromised using a traditional network assault known as a dictionary attack. The paper, written . . .
    A research paper posted online warns of holes in the latest WiFi (or 802.11) wireless cryptography protocol and outlines how WiFi Protected Access (WPA) can be compromised using a traditional network assault known as a dictionary attack. The paper, written by TruSecure's ICSA Labs senior technical director Bob Moskowitz, who indicates WPA can be compromised by intruders using network sniffers, cautions against use of weak passwords that could allow attackers to gain unauthorized access. Moskowitz, who has worked extensively with standards-setting bodies on WiFi technology, told TechNewsWorld that the passphrase issue is an old one that had been discussed during development of the WPA standard.

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