Cisco develops WLAN security protocol

Tuesday, 17 February 2004, 1:11 PM EST

Cisco Systems Inc. has developed a new wireless LAN security protocol designed to defeat brute force dictionary attacks that capture a user's passwords, and it submitted a draft of the protocol to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) on Monday.

Cisco developed the new WLAN Extensible Authentication Protocol-Flexible Authentication via Secure Tunneling (EAP-FAST) to defeat dictionary attacks against unencrypted passwords in its earlier, proprietary Lightweight Extensible Authentication Protocol (LEAP). Cisco posted a security bulletin last August warning users that LEAP is vulnerable to such attacks (see story).

By Bob Brewin at Computerworld.

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