Friday, August 28, 2009

WPA can now be broken in 60 seconds

The WPA, wireless encryption protocol is no more secure. In an earlier attack, WPA could be cracked in 12 to 15 minutes. But now, after some research from Japanese scientists, the WPA algorithm can be cracked in under a minute.

This has been a breakthrough in the field of the establishment of the fact that wireless encryption technology has not been given much thought in the beginning, and now it is growing up to be a huge problem.

Earlier WEP had been proved to have so many vulnerabilities. And we hackers were able to crack a network in under an hour, if near enough the source to get sufficient packets. It didn't seem to be any problem at all, but we had to get those handshake packets for WPA, and then use dictionary or brute-force attacks. But now with this revolution brought about by these scientists, we cannot anymore consider WPA as a secure algorithm.

However, this has been proven to work with TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol) only, and does not work with AES (Advanced Encryption System) or the WPA2 protocols.

This post has more information about this.


Anonymous said...

Dear Sudipto,
Will you please stop acting the goat?
"Please refer Tintin: Flight to the Moon if you do not knw what I am talkin about." I do not think that anyone would have any sensitive info to convey to you so as to use your 128/256bit public key to encrypt.
Btw I would really love to see a long post on your "programming passions". Please expect sarcastic and caustic comments on your expected "retarded" post.
Do your best. Knock yourself out!

Xtreme_Great said...

Sure enough, you're someone that knows me in person. Unfortunately though, you do not have the courage to leave your name, and post as an anonymous user.

Rather, if it is that you are trying to prove that you are better than me, I do not have the slightest problem with that. I do not believe in competing with someone that does not have the courage to leave back his/her name. In fact, I do not believe in competing with anyone at all.

You can very well go on and brag about you being the best. I really do not care. Just don't involve me in your rumors though.