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Re: SSID cloaking reducing WLAN security
From: <redhowlingwolves () bellsouth net>
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2007 21:42:49 -0500

If some form of unity was involved with the writing,and compatibility of 
drivers,at least for most *nix servers....without having to resort to in 
house compatibility testing,.....I believe the security of wireless 
could be much improved.
Many people I know don't try to secure their wireless networks because 
of cmp issues.....ie: no drivers from the NIC device makers that are 
useable with the router they happen to be using!

I flipped out when I was told;  "I talked to an IT guy and he said the 
depencdenies for...such and such card...are  too hard!!!"!?

Never mind that he could be the one taking advantage of your unsecured 
router!    (This was a Windows case,none the less.....)

Wireless,whether your SSID is broadcast or not,is inherently vulnerable 
to outsiders.I say inherently,because it uses radio waves,....ask any 
ham radio operator how they can manipulate radio waves any way they 
choose....!Especially if you happen to be within their range!

Cloaking, just gives the possibility to potential attackers ,that there 
could be something worth checking out!

IMHO
                  Regards,
                        Scott



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