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Sami 03-19-2006 02:45 AM

60 Percent of WiFi Networks Are Vulnerable
 
Panda Software has published the “Security in Wireless Networks”, report by PandaLabs, highlighting the security deficiencies in WEP, the most widely used protocol in Wi-Fi environments, as well as underlining the relative reliability of other current systems, such as WPA or WPA-PSK. In fact, almost 60 percent of networks, according to the survey, had no security system at all.


The study includes an introduction to wireless networks and a series of basic concepts, before describing the main security protocols, such as WEP and WPA and their main weaknesses. Similarly, the document looks at security in captive portals, used to regulate connections in open networks, such as airports, hotels or other public places. The study can be downloaded from Panda Software.


“This survey aims to highlight security levels in wireless networks from a didactic perspective, examining security methods and how their design limitations, or even incorrect configuration, can make them vulnerable”, explains Luis Corrons, director of PandaLabs. “This will enable users to avoid the dangers that lie in wait when deploying a WiFi network if the correct measures are not taken.”

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News Source: Panda Software


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