KRACK Attacks: Breaking WPA2

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Mattias Geniar, October 16, 2017

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Good thing we have protocols like HTTPS, SSH & STARTTLS.

Basically, assume every WiFi is an unencrypted transport layer.

We discovered serious weaknesses in WPA2, a protocol that secures all modern protected Wi-Fi networks. An attacker within range of a victim can exploit these weaknesses using key reinstallation attacks (KRACKs). Concretely, attackers can use this novel attack technique to read information that was previously assumed to be safely encrypted. This can be abused to steal sensitive information such as credit card numbers, passwords, chat messages, emails, photos, and so on. The attack works against all modern protected Wi-Fi networks.

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