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Fluke Networks releases new signature updates to protect against emerging wireless security threats

Fluke Networks has announced new threat signature updates for its AirMagnet Enterprise 9.0 wireless intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS).


November 9, 2011  


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Fluke Networks has announced new threat signature updates for its AirMagnet Enterprise 9.0 wireless intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS).

The updates offer protection against wireless threats and vulnerabilities, including Karmetasploit and Apple’s new AirDrop feature.

 “Our ability to immediately update against emerging threats is increasingly critical to both our enterprise and government customers given the growth in Wi-Fi networks and cybercrime,” said Jesse Frankel, product marketing manager at Fluke Networks and leader of the AirMagnet Intrusion Research Team.

The following new signature updates have been released for:

 * AirDrop – Apple’s Mac OS X Lion includes the new AirDrop feature that allows multiple users to share files wirelessly, which can be a violation of company security policies, creating security risks that could result in protected data being easily transferred to unknown machines outside of the enterprise network, potentially leaving the network vulnerable to other active attacks.

 * Karmetasploit – This is an aggressive man in the middle (MitM) style attack that tricks a client into associating with a device masquerading as an access point running KARMA. This allows a hacker to do any number of the following: gain access to the client machine, capture passwords, harvest data and conduct a wide variety of application exploits.

 “The emergence of new threats and vulnerabilities like AirDrop, along with the evolution of sophisticated attack tools like Karmetasploit and viral SSIDs such as Free Public Wi-Fi, continue to prey upon wireless users who unwittingly expose corporate data and place their employer’s assets at risk,” said Lisa Phifer, president of network security consultancy Core Competence. New WIPS signatures are essential to quickly being able to alert IT of such attacks.”