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New wireless protocol coming soon

September 30th, 2005 by Zack Whittaker

I’m sure most people are familiar with most wireless protocols nowadays, and even if you get put off by the word “protocol”, you probably know regardless. We know Infrared (IrDA), we know Bluetooth, and I’m sure some know 802.11b and 802.11g, but looking back over the security news and information about them, there are vulrenabilities and problems and security flaws all over.

Now, a brand new protocol named 802.11i (WPA2) will be hitting us very soon. It is not necessarily a replacement for the widely used 802.11g protocol, but will surely be implemented a whole lot more and maybe relace in certain scenarios. To cut a long story short, the new security features will implement a brand new method of authentication between server and client, as well as improve security and encryption by using a “four way handshake” as opposed to the current more popular EAP method. It works by having more components to the equation, and the key’s used will be exposed as little as possible.

Operating systems now have already built patches and upgrades to support the new protocol; Windows XP have released a hotfix for this at
Microsoft Knowledge Base
offering a free download to update your Windows XP edition, as well as Mac OS X to update their AirPort software including AirPort Extreme Base Station and AirPort Express.

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3 Responses

  1. Jabez Gan Says:

    Hmm… Is 802.11i backward compatible? Also, where’s 802.11n??

  2. Zack Whittaker Says:

    Yeh it’s backwards compatiable, pretty sure! 🙂

  3. Patrick S Says:

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