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Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) has become popular among router manufacturers as a way to make adding new devices to your wireless network simpler, meaning you don't have to remember your wireless key every time. However, security researcher Stefan Viehbock has uncovered a major security hole which allows him to use brute force to access a WPS PIN-protected network in an average of two hours.

An inherent design flaw means that the 8-digit PIN's security falls dramatically as more attempts are made — a message sent by the router when the PIN fails informs the hacker if the first four digits are correct, while the last digit of the key is used as a checksum and is given out by the router in negotiation. This means that instead of the 108 (100,000,000) possibilities that WPS should represent, the actual level of security is closer to 104 + 103 (or 11,000 — over 9,000 times less).

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post #2 of 33
This isn't really a problem for someone that knows how to setup a network. But a problem for those that don't and use those kinds of Easy Setup etc.
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Many of the businesses I work with are too lazy to setup a strong password, they feel it's a inconvenience. Most passwords I come by are 12345 or if a service requires 8 letters or more they use 88888888, lol
 
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post #4 of 33
Those easy setup features are a joke. Nobody who knows anything would ever use them.
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post #5 of 33
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Nobody who knows anything would ever use them.

Not really nobody is it? I'm sure at least 95% of OCN knows how to set up WiFi security properly.

Oops, I misread that the first time.
    
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ooh crap everyone run and warn their grandmas rolleyes.gif
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Lol I've been using straight 1's and my own cell & home number for the last 7 years.
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I use 64 random characters randomized by tomato.

It's gonna take longer than 2 hours to crack this one by brute force:D
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I use 64 random characters randomized by tomato.
It's gonna take longer than 2 hours to crack this one by brute force:D

Lol. Win.
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I use a 32-char WPA2-PSK with lowercase, uppercase, and numbers. Not too worried over here thumb.gif
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