back to article Tech industry quietly patches FragAttacks Wi-Fi flaws that leak data, weaken security

A dozen Wi-Fi design and implementation flaws make it possible for miscreants to steal transmitted data and bypass firewalls to attack devices on home networks, according to security researcher Mathy Vanhoef. On Tuesday, Vanhoef, a postdoctoral researcher in computer security at New York University Abu Dhabi, released a paper …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Great

    What about the endless millions of SoHo(peless) WIFI routers that will never get a fix, or their owners will never install them.

    Seriously, there is at least one wireless G access point in range of me that is still running WEP.

    WEP. In 2021.

    I think Santa needs to make house calls this year... with a ball peen hammer.

    1. FlamingDeath Silver badge

      Re: Great

      Why don’t you connect to it and try logging into the router with admin/admin or similar, you might find a phone number as part of their adsl login

      Talking from experience lol

    2. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge
      Holmes

      Re: Great

      In fairness, they're still running 802.11g, so one would not expect up-to-date security.

  2. Claptrap314 Silver badge

    Still?

    Packet recombination is such a basic attack that I cannot even claim to have figured it out myself, as it was probably mentioned in some elementary paper I read on the subject. That these protocols had them when they first came out in the 1990s might (might) be forgivable. That they remained is so far beyond the realm of incompetence that I can only assume that the TLAs are involved.

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