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Confused by WEP, WPA, TKIP, AES & Other Wireless Security Acronyms?  05 December 2008 
Source: DarkNet - Posted by Bill Keys   
I found an interesting article today which sums up most of the acryonyms involved in wireless networks and wireless security and explain them all in brief. It may clear things up for some people who get overwhelmed by all the jargon, especially with the recent news hitting the mainstream about WPA being partially cracked. There are so many wireless protocols out there that it can be confusing to know which one to use. This article will clear up the confusion. What is your favorite wireless protocol?
 
Wi-Fi Linux Network Bug Found, Fixed  06 November 2008 
Source: ComputerWorld.com - Posted by Burhan Syed   
These days, most of us can use our Wi-Fi cards on Linux using native drivers. Some of us, though, are still stuck with using Windows drivers on Linux. This kludge is usually done by using the Windows driver with NDISwrapper. Unfortunately, it's recently been discovered that there's a crack in the kludge. Do you think this bug is capable enough to crash a system? Read on for more information.
 
Network-audit Tool for Linux Phone Announced  24 September 2008 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Bill Keys   
A handset-based network-penetration tool that runs on a Linux phone has been announced in the US.The NeoPwn tool is based on a modified Linux 2.6.24 kernel, and will let IT professionals toggle between two modes — 'phone' and 'pwn'. The software stack runs on the Openmoko Neo FreeRunner Linux handset, which offers USB WLAN support, a GPS modem, a GPRS modem for cellular connectivity, and a CSR Bluetooth module.Pwn mode enables Wi-Fi and Bluetooth network-penetration testing, through the use of tools including Aircrack and Metasploit. While there is no hardware Qwerty keyboard, NeoPwn claimed the FreeRunner's touchscreen keyboard is "more usable than the iPhone and Nokia Nseries". Have you ever though about using your phone as a security tool? This project's goal is to bring network-penetration to your phone. How useful do you think this will be in helping to find holes in your network?
 
Scalp - Apache Log Analyzer for Security  18 September 2008 
Source: Google code - Posted by Bill Keys   
Scalp! is a log analyzer for the Apache web server that aims to look for security problems. The main idea is to look through huge log files and extract the possible attacks that have been sent through HTTP/GET (By default, Apache does not log the HTTP/POST variable). Scalp is basically using the regular expression from the PHP-IDS project and matches the lines from the Apache log. These regexp has been chosen because of their quality and the top activity of the team maintaining that project. Have you ever used a log analyzer called Scalp? This project tries to look for possible security issues with your Apache web server implementation by checking the logs from your webserver. Do you use any other tools for checking your Apache logs or do you just check your only logs by eye.
 
Linux-Based Cellphones Promise Better Personal Security  06 August 2008 
Source: blogs.nytimes - Posted by Bill Keys   
Regarding security, the new phones will be able to identify their owners. If, by chance, a stranger uses the phone and requests downloads at odds with the owner’s profile, Mr. Gillis said the phone’s security feature will kick in and shut it down. Profile information would also make it easier for a consumer to find points of similar interest when they are traveling in, say, Barcelona or Kyoto.
 
Xirrus Releases Open Source Wi-Fi Monitor Tool for Linux  06 August 2008 
Source: CentreDaily - Posted by Bill Keys   
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Xirrus, Inc., the only Wi-Fi "Power-Play" that can replace Ethernet workgroup switches with Wi-Fi as the primary network connection, announced today the release of its Wi-Fi Monitor utility as an open source desklet application for Linux.The Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor enables users to monitor, secure, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks quickly and easily. Key features of the Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor for Linux include: Have you every used Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor? Well the maker just released it as open source. This article goes into more detail on the security features of this Wi-Fi Monitoring software.
 
WifiZoo v1.3 Released - Passive Info Gathering for Wifi  22 April 2008 
Source: Darknet.org - Posted by Eckie Silapaswang   
WifiZoo is a tool to gather wifi information passively. It is created to be helpful in wifi pentesting and was inspired by ‘Ferret‘ from Errata Security. The tool is intended to get all possible info from open wifi networks (and possibly encrypted also in the future, at least with WEP) without joining any network, and covering all wifi channels.

A quick war-drive around my neck of the woods still reveals plenty of open wifi networks (and for some reason a lot of them like to name their networks 'linksys'). Read on to see how WifiZoo can help you gain more information in your wonderful wild world of wireless!

 
Wireshark v1.0.0 Released - Cross Platform Graphical Packet Sniffer  03 April 2008 
Source: Darknet.org - Posted by Eckie Silapaswang   
After nearly 10 years of developement Wireshark (formely known as Ethereal) has finally reached version 1!
For those that don’t know, Wireshark is the world’s foremost network protocol analyzer, and is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many industries and educational institutions.
Wireshark development thrives thanks to the contributions of networking experts across the globe. It is the continuation of a project that started in 1998.

Great news for this amazing complement to tcpdump! Check out the article for a list of enhanced features and experience packet visualization at its best!

 
Linux Laptop Strategies  09 January 2008 
Source: Linux.com - Posted by Ryan Berens   
How much do you use your Linux laptop? Sometimes securing you mobile computing is a hardware issue - but do those strategies change depending on your operating system of choice?

While you can find dozens of products to secure Windows laptops, security products for Linux laptops are scarcer -- but they do exist. We found a range of products and fixes ranging from security patches for the operating system to encryption to the equivalent of computer bicycle locks which can help keep your Linux laptop or notebook safe.
 
Who’s on first? Wireless network security with Linux  06 November 2007 
Source: IT Wire - Posted by Ryan Berens   
As hardware gets cheaper, faster and smaller, our information will continue to be subjected to previously untested standards of mobility and susceptibility.

So, that in mind, where exactly does Linux fit into the mobile security landscape? Well, ITWire gives us a look by going through on: how to build monitoring in from the onset along with some great open-source tools. A good overview on wireless security in general, and with some great detail on SSID problems, DOS attacks and solutions like EtherApe.
 
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