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internetnews.com: IBM ripples security waves with Linux-based 802.11 wireless auditing tool

Jul 12, 2001, 17:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clint Boulton)

"IBM Research Thursday said it has successfully created what it believes is the first automated auditing tool that can monitor 802.11 wireless networks, which would significantly improve security for users of Wi-Fi who want to combat 'drive-by hacking.' And in keeping with IBM Corp.'s endorsement of open-source operating systems, it's based on Linux."

"As a prototype, the Wireless Security Auditor is hardly ready for the market. But if and when IBM does decide to sell it to the wireless networking buffs who work in a very nascent market, Big Blue could hook network administrators itching to find vulnerable access points for their companies. By monitoring and analyzing them in real time, the net admins could make sure security threats are removed."

"As it stands now, the security auditor runs on a small, unspecified wireless personal digital assistant. Audit information is presented on a color coded user interface, with configured access points shown in green, and vulnerable ones shown in red. Info is also available for all access points, including station and network name, address, location and security state."

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