All WiFi users open to malware attack through WPA2 glitch

Posted October 18, 2017

Banking details, logins and credit card details are all at risk of being stolen, while the content of emails, chat messages, documents and images are exposed. The bottom line: "If your device supports WiFi, it is most likely affected". The October security update addresses the vulnerability by changing how Windows verifies wireless group key handshakes.

Since the researcher claimed that most Wi-Fi supporting devices could be affected by the KRACK attacks, different tech giants reportedly came up with their own solutions to prevent their products from such occurrences. "The weaknesses are in the Wi-Fi standard itself, and not in individual products or implementations". However, Ars Technica reports that Android and Linux users are more vulnerable to severe attacks than Windows or iOS users. While this makes the attack a lot riskier, it's little comfort considering how widespread WPA2 encryption is used.

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Also, with a usage of smart devices, users should check for the latest firmware updates that have been made available. Google says it is working on a patch, and Microsoft says it's already released a security update to fix the issue. "There is no evidence that the vulnerability has been exploited maliciously", the organization added. Customers who applied the update, or had automatic updates enabled, would already be protected, it said in a statement emailed to Reuters. Apple did not immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.

Also, the public announcement about this security weakness was held for weeks in order to give Wi-Fi hardware vendors a chance to produce security updates.

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KRACK requires the hacker to be in range of a target's Wi-Fi, so it can't be done remotely. Those tools may emerge sooner rather than later, so if you're super concerned about this attack and updates are not yet available for your devices, perhaps the best approach in the short run is to connect any devices on your network to the router via an ethernet cable (assuming your device still has an ethernet port).

Consumers should act just as quickly to patch their phones, laptops, Wi-Fi base stations, and other gear.

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This padlock will appear on all HTTPS sites. Potential attackers can access users' Internet traffic and intercept sensitive information. The ideal solution right now would be to unhook these devices from the Wi-Fi network, and check with the manufacturer for KRACK patches.