Sunday, November 26, 2006

Patch those wireless drivers

Exploitable laptops, access points, wireless cards, and more are sitting ducks for hackers -- here's why you should worry. Wireless network card drivers have been under attack since the Black Hat USA 2006 conference, and nearly every super-popular driver now appears vulnerable. Security researchers David Maynor and Jon Ellch started things off by targeting an Apple MacBook’s wireless driver at the August show, and hackers' interest in the new attack vector was quickly piqued.

Intel Centrino wireless drivers were among the first to fall, tumbling in July of this year. On November 11, hacker Johnny Cache reported a stacked based buffer overflow in the widely used Broadcom wireless driver. Broadcom drivers are used in Cisco, Linksys, and Dell wireless NICs.

Read the article HERE.

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