January 12, 2011
Niles Nerd

Patch Tuesday and The Risk Of Weak Wireless Passwords

[thanks to Nerd Dennis Houseknecht for inspiring this post]

  • This was a very light patch Tuesday for Microsoft, but they did patch a serious vulnerability in IE Explorer that is being actively exploited. Don’t wait on this one. Be sure to visit Windows Update today!
  • According to a Register.co.uk article, cracking WPA wireless passwords is indeed possible, but much more difficult as more challenging passwords are used.

“Brute force cracks are among the least sophisticated means of gaining unauthorized access to a network. Rather than exploit weaknesses, they try huge numbers of possible passwords until the right phrase is entered.”
Your defense against high-powered brute-force attacks? Make ’em long and make ’em strong. It’s just that simple.

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