Wireless security researchers say they have uncovered a vulnerability in the WPA2 security protocol, which is the strongest form of Wi-Fi encryption and authentication currently standardized and available. Those of malicious intent can exploit the vulnerability, named “Hole 196″. Further details of the vulnerability can be found on one of the pages of the IEEE 802.11 Standard (Revision, 2007) document.
Hole 196 lends itself to man-in-the-middle-style exploits, whereby an authorized Wi-Fi user can decrypt, over the air, the private data of others, inject malicious traffic into the network and compromise other authorized devices using open source software, according to AirTight.
What can we do about Hole 196?
“There’s nothing in the standard to upgrade to in order to patch or fix the hole,” says Kaustubh Phanse, AirTight’s wireless architect who describes Hole 196 as a “zero-day vulnerability that creates a window of opportunity” for exploitation.
Optus this morning confirmed plans to launch Apple’s latest iPhone 4 handset at midnight around the country on Thursday night, despite Apple itself publicising plans to open its stores from 8am Friday morning.
Optus confirmed that it had emailed its customers to say that it would be holding midnight launch events for the iPhone 4 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and — for the first time — Perth.
“We’re celebrating the arrival of the new Apple iPhone 4 with fantastic VIP launch events,” Optus said in its email to customers. “Selected stores will be opening from midnight on 29 July 2010 (we do mean 11:59pm plus one minute on Thursday) for your chance to get your hands on the new Apple iPhone 4 before everyone else.”
“Plus there’ll be entertainment, giveaways and much more. This is one party you won’t want to miss.”
OK… looks like it’s official, and that the big release date for the iPhone in Australia will be….. drum roll please…… Friday the 30th of July.
During the Jobs-note on Saturday morning addressing the iPhone4 antenna issue, Steve Jobs announced that Australia would be getting the iPhone 4 on July 30th. In addition to this exciting news, we’ll also be getting free bumpers!!
Now that the official release date has been set, it won’t be long before all the phone companies release pricing details for their iPhone4 plans. Should be an interesting couple of weeks!
Looks like Apple are due to release imminent details to address the current reception issues on the iPhone 4. In addition - the Apple Developer center now has the latest iOS 4.1 release available – along with the new 4.1 SDK.
Apple have also invited select press to a conference being held this Friday at 10am Pacific time in California. Surely some interesting news relating to fixing the iPhone 4 reception issues. Let’s wait and see!
Here’s an amusing video which makes you think about how Facebook and Twitter can be used to keep tabs on your children!… Oviously privacy settings have now improved, however still makes you stop and think:
For those that asked me about the Sophos experiment, here’s their video: