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Windows 7 can create rogue Wi-Fi access point

alphadogg (971356) writes | more than 4 years ago

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alphadogg (971356) writes "Windows 7 contains a "SoftAP" feature, also called "virtual Wi-Fi," that allows a PC to function simultaneously as a Wi-Fi client and as an access point to which other Wi-Fi-capable devices can connect. The capability is handy when users want to share music and play interactive games. But it also can allow on-site visitors and parking-lot hackers to piggyback onto the user's laptop and "ghost ride" into a corporate network unnoticed."
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This is new? (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#31202692)

I'm pretty sure Windows XP had this feature in "Internet Connection Sharing" (ICS). How is this a huge new vector?

So says Gopinath KN, director of engineering at AirTight Networks, a wireless intrusion-prevention system (WIPS) and service company that has analyzed the SoftAP capability.

Oh, well, as long as he's not just reprinting a press release that's trying to sell us something.

AirTight, of course, has a vested interest in discussing the SoftAP vulnerability. WIPS products such as AirTight's [...] scan the airwaves for unauthorized devices in the airspace -- such as a Windows 7 SoftAP -- and flag them as rogues that clients are not permitted to associate with.

Still another is to install mobile device management [...] AirTight, in addition to offering WIPS, also has such a client agent it calls SpectraGuard SAFE,[...]

Does it solve ring-around-the-collar and get my whole wash clean, too? Can it be used to scrub those nasty stains off, say, ASTROTURF?

You'd have to be insane to not password this (1)

TheThiefMaster (992038) | more than 4 years ago | (#31203106)

If you don't password this "virtual AP", you deserve everything you get.

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