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Most of the articles listed here are about 802.11b. Articles are listed in approximate chronological order, with newer articles added to the top of the list.

Tip: Be sure to also check out the Wireless LAN Mapping and WEP Encryption Cracking tools on this page.

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Wireless Firewall Gateway White Paper

The network security group in the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division developed a secure 802.11b wireless networking system. They used an off-the-shelf PC running the OpenBSD operating system, an Apache web server, the Internet Software Consortium DHCP server, and IPF firewall software. This paper does not contain implementation details, but has contact info for the system's developers.


Security Fix for Wireless

SF Gate article by Henry Norr says help is on the way for 802.11 security problems via four proposals submitted to the IEEE Task Group i.


Exploiting and Protecting 802.11b Wireless Networks

ZD's ExtremeTech takes to the streets of NYC, New Jersey, Silicon Valley, and Boston and finds that it's pretty easy to grab a free 802.11b wireless connection.  Last page contains good tips for securing wireless LANs.


Enabling IEEE 802.11 Networks with Windows "Whistler"

Microsoft Driver and HW Development paper that describes the changes needed to work with Windows XP's implemention of the IEEE 802.1x port-based network access control draft standard.


Using the Fluhrer, Mantin, and Shamir Attack 
to Break WEP

Paper by Stubblefield, Ioannidis, & Rubin describing details of the actual implementation of WEP key recovery.


Getting the most out of WEP

This article by workingmac's John C. Welch is a good explanation of what WEP does and doesn't do.  Good to remember with all the "WEP sky is falling" alarms going off!


An Inductive Chosen Plaintext Attack against WEP/WEP2

Slide presentation by Univ of Maryland's Bill Arbaugh. Describes yet another method of getting WEP keys.


The Insecurity of 802.11

Slide presentation by Ian Goldberg of Zero-Knowledge Systems, presented at the July 2001 Black Hat Briefings. Describes the problems with WEP in a reasonably understandable way!


Cipher attack delivers heavy blow to
WLAN security

EE Times article by Patrick Mannion that describes the latest problems with WEP security.  This new discovery essentially puts the nail in WEP's coffin!


"Weaknesses in the Key Scheduling Algorithm for RC4" (PDF)

(alternative source - Postscript format)

The paper by Fluhrer, Mantin, & Shamir that the above EE Times article is based on.  (You'll need a good math or cryptography background to get much out of this paper!)


Often unguarded wireless networks can be eavesdroppers’ gold mine

Similar article to the "War Driving" one above, it's also about Peter Shipley's mission to raise awareness about 802.11b network security.


War Driving by the Bay

Probably the first article about "War Driving", or the technique of driving around, looking for unsecured 802.11b networks.


The War over 802.11x Security

ZDNet's Rich Santalesa's article talks about Marius Milner's Net Stumbler and the work that the IEEE 802.11 Task Group is doing on improving wireless security.


Secure Your Wireless Network

Our own little checklist of simple things you can do to protect your wireless LAN from intuders!


ISS XForce: Atmel SNMP Authentication Flaw

If you have a Linksys WAP11 or NETGEAR ME102 Access Point, you should read this ISS XForce Security advisory.  Home users probably don't need to worry, but business users should take note!


ISS XForce: Symbol AP SNMP WEP key flaw

This ISS XForce Security advisory should be read by users of Symbol Technologies based 802.11b Access Points (3Com Airconnect, Intel Pro 2011, etc.). It details another SNMP related security flaw.


Overview of IEEE 802.11b Security (Intel)

Reasonably understandable article on 802.11b Security.


WEP Encryption (ORiNOCO]

ORiNOCO article on WEP Encryption.  Contains good information on how multiple keys are supposed to work. (PDF)


(In)Security of the WEP Algorithm

This is the paper by those troublemakers (just kidding guys!) at University of California at Berkeley that started all the hand-wringing over 802.11 wireless security.


Your 802.11 Wireless Network Has No Clothes

Not to be outdone by those California guys, this paper (PDF) by a University of Maryland at College Park team, this paper says that all 802.11 security mechanisms are flawed!

Other Wireless Article Topics

Wireless Networking Backgrounder




802.11b (WiFi)




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Apple AirPort Windows 
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