US-CERT Issues Warning About Current Wi-Fi Protected Setup Standard

Thursday Dec 29th 2011 by Datamation.com Staff
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Thousands of routers and Wi-Fi access points could be affected by a security vulnerability.

ITProPortal: Thousands of routers and Wi-Fi access points could be vulnerable to a recently discovered flaw, warns US-CERT. The WiFi Protected Setup standard, which is meant to secure Inernet access, actually provides hackers with data that allows them to determine if the first half of the PIN entered was correct. That makes it easier for hackers to crack the PIN necessary for accessing the protected WiFi network.

The problem was first identified by security researcher Stefan Viehbock. The vulnerability affects some hardware from Netgear, D-Link, Buffalo and Linksys.

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