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Exploit of Wi-Fi Protected Setup Flaw Poses Risks for Consumers, Not Enterprises

Jan 04, 2012, 18:00 (0 Talkback[s])

"There is a price that comes with simplicity -- and when it comes to security, that price is often increased risk. That's exactly what is now happening with Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), which is intended to be a simple way for consumers to configure security settings on wireless networks at home.

Over the holidays, a detailed white paper was released by security researcher Stefan Viehbock, titled, "Brute Forcing Wi-Fi Protected Setup." In the paper, Viehbock explains that there are design and implementation flaws in WPS that make it exploitable, leaving wireless networks at risk. The weakness comes by way of the PIN that is used to activate WPS.

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