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

November 15, 2011Fluke Networks has announced the release of 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.

By using its proprietary Dynamic Threat Update (DTU) technology, AirMagnet Enterprise offers the only wireless LAN (WLAN) security system on the market today that can quickly generate signature updates for immediate protection and automatically push them to customers without requiring scheduled downtime or additional IT resources.

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

To help protect AirMagnet Enterprise customers against the changing WLAN vulnerabilities and threats, the following new signature updates have been released:

* AirDrop – Apple’s Mac OS® X Lion includes the new AirDrop feature that lets multiple users 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 lets a hacker do any number of the following: gain access to the client machine, capture passwords, harvest data and conduct a wide variety of application exploits.

* DHCP Starvation Attack – A DHCP starvation attack run from a wireless client can cause other clients to connect to a malicious network. Wireless guest networks and unencrypted commercial hotspots are especially vulnerable to this attack, which can lead to lost productivity or revenue.

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