[MLB-WIRELESS] How not to go war driving....

Mathew McKernan mathewmckernan at optushome.com.au
Tue Nov 25 00:06:55 EST 2003

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Aitken" <vk3jma at net2000.com.au>
To: <melbwireless at wireless.org.au>
Cc: <melbwireless at wireless.org.au>
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2003 7:28 PM
Subject: Re: [MLB-WIRELESS] How not to go war driving....

> At 08:38 AM 24/11/2003 +1100, Ryan Abbenhuys wrote:
> >Turn off SSID broadcasts and enable MAC restrictions.
> >Enable WEP if you don't care about a slight loss of bandwidth.
> >
> >All of this can be cracked, but the vast majority of people will take one
> >look and move on to something easier.....Unless of course it's a
> >who can try and crack it from the comfort of their living room chair.
> How does one "crack" a MAC address?  Are these not hard coded in the

With firmware mods etc, it can be done. While I have not done it, I am told
it is not that hard (this was from a Cisco/LinkSys coder)

> What about using all the above and also have a VPN running?  Would that
> give a greater level of security?

A much greater level of security, most decent VPN setups provide
username/password access with certificates. This provides a level of
security not worth cracking unless you really wanted to. Most crackers have
time against them, so coupling VPN security with WEP creates an unacceptable
level of time for a cracker to get in, by that time the cracker would have
driven past, or his parking meter would have expired.

> Regards
> Mark


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