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Re: Drive-by spam hits wireless LANs
- From: Jared Mauch
- Date: Wed Sep 11 13:18:51 2002
On Wed, Sep 11, 2002 at 07:08:53PM +0200, John Angelmo wrote:
> Jared Mauch wrote:
> In some way you are right, but still I think it's even worse to use WEP
> cause then the admins might think it's safe, it takes about 15 minutes
> to crack a wepkey, so instead of drive-by spamming you could call it
> drive-by, have a bagle, start spamming.
I'm not trying to fix the underlying wireless encryption
option just provide a simple way that the manufacturers can ship
a 'more secure' out-of-the-box-product.
> The most hardware/software indipendent solution I have seen so far is
> the use of VPN, simply place the WLAN outside your own LAN.
There are a lot of things one can do:
1) enable wep
2) rotate wep keys
3) authenticate by mac-address
4) restrict dhcp to known mac-addresses
5) force utilization of vpn/ipsec client
Obviously not all of these solutions are available
in all cases, but in a home or small lan-environment a subset of
these will increase security (even if it's reinforcing the screen door
with 1/16" of balsa wood)
Jared Mauch | pgp key available via finger from firstname.lastname@example.org
clue++; | http://puck.nether.net/~jared/ My statements are only mine.