With the recent acquisition of Airespace by 800-pound networking gorilla Cisco, the pressure is on smaller wireless LAN switch makers Aruba and Trapeze to promote a vendor neutral wireless LAN switch standard called SLAPP (Secure Light Weight Access Point Protocol).
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Larry Seltzer of eWeek, whom I have great respect for and usually agree with, wrote this article on dealing with spam using the controversial tactic of blocking all outbound port 25 access.? The logic behind this is that the vast majority of spam in the world comes from "zombies" (millions of computers that have been hijacked by professional hackers and spammers?
Although Windows XP can be upgraded to Service Pack 2 to natively support the enhanced security capabilities of WPA, users of earlier operating systems were left in the dark up until now.? A company called Wireless Security Corporation is offering a free WPA-PSK client utility that works on Windows 98, ME, 2000, and XP.
Last week, Michael Kanellos published this FAQ on the 40th anniversary of Moore's law, which is famously known as the phenomenon that computer processing power will double every 18 months.? Actually, Gordon Moore only said that transistor count would double every 24 months and it was David House (a former executive of Intel) who extrapolated that performance would double every 18 months as a result of the increase in transistors.?
For those of you who have been reading my blogs on a routine bases, it would come as no surprise to you that the FBI demonstrated the hacking of a wireless LAN in 3 minutes.? It was only last month that I blogged about how you can hack most wireless LANs in minutes with the very same techniques.?
Microsoft?today released its first major service pack for its flagship server product Windows 2003 Server.?
I received a letter from one of my readers named Peter. Peter asks some good questions about wireless LAN security and wonders if I can answer some of his questions.
In one of my previous blogs on "The six dumbest ways to secure a wireless LAN", I struck a cord with my readers like never before. I'm still laughing over the fact that of all the wireless articles I've written over the years on how to secure your wireless LAN, I finally get around to write an article on how NOT to secure your wireless LAN and it gets the best responses.
At the risk of starting another holy war, I had to comment on this story. Robert Lemos reports?
[Updated 4/2/2007 - follow-up article here] For the last three years, I've been meaning to put to rest once and for all the urban legends and myths on wireless LAN security. Every time I write an article or blog on wireless LAN security, someone has to come along and regurgitate one of these myths.