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Your Password-Protected Wi-Fi Isn't Safe From Snooping

16 Octubre 2017, 07:50 | Benedicto Grullon

Security flaw endangers almost every WiFi device to hacking!

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More specifically, a vulnerability in the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) security protocol allows an attacker to bypass the encryption, read sensitive information, and even inject and manipulate the data being transported over the previously "secure" connection. Due to a flaw in the design of the protocol itself-not a specific vendor implementation-attackers can capture part of the handshake message, and use modified versions of that to trick devices into installing a blank encryption key, a process called "key reinstallation attacks", or KRACKs by Vanhoef.

Over the weekend, reports revealed that security researchers found a way to decrypt the WPA 2 Wi-Fi security protocol, and on Monday the secrets behind the KRACK hack, short for Key Reinstallation Attacks, were revealed.

On the site, Vanhoef published a proof-of-concept video in which he demonstrates reading a username and password sent using an Android device.

"If your device supports Wi-Fi, it is most likely affected."

KRACK makes the prospect of using any WiFi network sound like a horribly bad idea, but there is some hope for a more secure wireless future.

While Windows and Apple IOS devices are not vulnerable to the four-way handshake attack, they are vulnerable to the group key handshake attack and the Fast BSS attack. Note that as protocol-level issues, most or all correct implementations of the standard will be affected.

According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, the organization that certifies Wi-Fi devices, "There is no evidence that the vulnerability has been exploited maliciously, and Wi-Fi Alliance has taken immediate steps to ensure users can continue to count on Wi-Fi to deliver strong security protections". But then, the Android is infamous for its weak security, with developers issuing software updates and security patches at a very slow speed like it's none of their concern.

The vulnerability has to do with the four-way handshake between a client and an access point - your smartphone and your router for instance.

On their website, the researchers said they notified vendors of the products they tested on July 14.

If it's possible, connect your computer directly to the router with an ethernet cable and install any updates that the router may require.

By taking advantage of these vulnerabilities, hackers can eavesdrop on the transmission of data, potentially reading that information even if it was encrypted.

"It is likely that some products, particularly Android smartphones, and Wi-Fi routers, will never be fixed".

Tristan Liverpool, Director of Systems Engineering at F5 Networks, said: "This major public vulnerability can affect any Wi-Fi network, including home, office and public connections". Changing your Wi-Fi password won't help, but you can look for other security protocols or find a reliable VPN. The attacker must be within range of the Wi-Fi network to exploit it. People also need to be aware of subtle differences to keep their connections safe such as paying attention to the URL.

Alex Hudson, a security researcher, said on his website that the only answer for some Android devices was to switch off the WiFi function completely.

"The attack works against all modern protected Wi-Fi networks".



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