Feeds

MS to use PEAP for home wireless security?

It's tagged as a possible for a 'future XP client'

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

A little bird suggests to The Register that Microsoft's "more secure than others" wireless products will be using Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol (PEAP). He further suggests that PEAP support will ship with Windows XP SP1, and although we hadn't heard that as a possible SP1 addition, Microsoft is a supporter of PEAP, and a while back said a "future version of the Windows client may also include Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol," here.

PEAP would certainly be one way to beef up wireless security for small business, homes, and execs wireless hot-spotting out of range of the corporate network cops. According to Microsoft's paper (which incidentally contains several suggestions regarding the security content of "future" versions of the Windows client) PEAP "provides a mechanism for mutual authentication and session key generation in a roaming environment." It allows a client to establish an encrypted session with an access point and then with a server by setting up a TLS session, EAP being wrapped inside TLS.

One advantage of this is that it allows the use of username/password challenge/response authentication rather than relying on certificate exchange. According to the IETF working draft, the protection of EAP within a TLS channel also gets round the deficiency of EAP whereby negotiation is unprotected, and hence vulnerable to attack.

So will it be part of Microsoft's wireless security? Could be, and considering there aren't supposed to be many future versions of the Windows client (apart from Tablet PC edition, that is) for quite some while, shipping it in SP1 if possible, or as an add-on if not, makes sense. In any event, in order to be useful it would have to be available around the time of SP1, because shortly afterwards Microsoft will be needing it, or an alternative, for both home wireless and Tablet PCs. ®

Related story:
MS talks to self about not talking about home 802.11b range

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...
Wobbly Gmail, Contacts, Calendar on the other hand ...
UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan
'Veteran Unix Admins' fear desktop emphasis is betraying open source
Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes
Latest bleeding-edge bits borrow Action Center from Windows Phone
Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all
Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'
Open-source 'love' fairly runneth over at cloud event
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.