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Wi-Fi vulnerabilities

Date: September 04, 2006
Source: Techworld

This year's DEFCON was a lively one for wireless security. Probably the most significant event in the wireless realm was Johnny "Cache" Ellch's and David Maynor's presentation on wireless driver vulnerabilities. This talk was presented at Blackhat by the duo a couple days earlier

For those who were skeptical about what a vulnerability in a wireless driver can allow, the demonstration proved to be an eye opener. In the demonstration Maynor was able to infiltrate a MacBook at the kernel level and easily take control of the system. Hackers can exploit this vulnerability to remotely execute malicious code on target machines and devices. More importantly, this can put corporate assets directly at risk as attackers can then obtain access to critical network information and confidential data.
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