Friday, November 30, 2007

WEP Cracking with kismac (you can't hide)

A friend recently informed me that he would be securing his wireless network with WEP encryption and hiding his SSID. While this is a good idea and will deter 99.99% of evil crax0z, it's important to remember that WEP is not safe.

In this video we see someone crack a WEP network and recover the password in 10 minutes, even though the SSID is hidden. They use the excellent tool kismac, which is great for casual wardriving as well as packet interception and WEP cracking.

Remember, security through obscurity only works if you are actually obscure!

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And a great article on preventing hacks by running software so ancient that nobody remembers how to hack into it. Security through obsolescence. Even the article is old.
"I have one box still running a version of Solaris that's so old none of the script kiddies can figure it out," Brian says. "They tend to focus on the latest and greatest, and don't have the slightest idea how to handle my old Sun box."
Brian points out that some of the most secure Department of Defense Web sites -- ones that don't make headlines by getting cracked all the time -- run old versions of Mac OS and the venerable WebSTAR server suite. "

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I finally thought better of things and reformatted and re-installed Panther on my iBook and changed my home wireless security to WPA2 on a closed network.
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