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Security: All Your Biases Belong To Us: Breaking RC4 in WPA-TKIP and TLS


Worth checking one's access point settings and https-running web server configuration?

Almost a third of the world's encrypted Web connections can be cracked using an exploit that's growing increasingly practical, computer scientists warned Wednesday. They said the attack technique on a cryptographic cipher known as RC4 can also be used to break into wireless networks protected by the Wi-Fi Protected Access Temporal Key Integrity Protocol.

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When you visit a website, and the browser's address bar contains a lock icon , the HTTPS protocol is used to protect your communication with this website (providing security and privacy). HTTPS supports several encryption techniques, one of them being the famous RC4 algorithm. At one point RC4 was used 50% of the time, with the latest estimate being 30%. Our RC4 NOMORE attack exposes weaknesses in this RC4 encryption algorithm. More precisely, in most situations where RC4 is used, these weaknesses can be used to reveal information which was previously thought to be safely encrypted.

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Is WPA-TKIP also vulnerable?

Yes. We can break a WPA-TKIP network within an hour. More precisely, after successfully executing the attack, an attacker can decrypt and inject arbitrary packets sent towards a client. In general, any protocol using RC4 should be considered vulnerable.

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