As a follow up post regarding the security flaws found in Wi-Fi WPA2 protocol, researchers claim devices running macOS, Windows, iOS, Android, and Linux will be affected by the vulnerabilities.
Experts told that the problem can be resolved through straightforward software updates. The Wi-Fi Alliance has issued a security advisory stating that it is aware of the issue and that major platform providers have already started deploying patches. It says there is no evidence that the attack has been used in the wild, though the research paper notes that such attacks would be difficult to detect.
Microsoft confirmed it had rolled patches out already: “We have released a security update to address this issue. Customers who apply the update, or have automatic updates enabled, will be protected.” A Google spokesman said, “We’re aware of the issue, and we will be patching any affected devices in the coming weeks.” The first devices to be patched will be the company’s own Pixel devices, starting with the November 6 Android security update. Apple confirmed it has a fix coming for its Mac and iOS operating systems that’s currently in the betas for its next software updates.
Simply changing Wi-Fi network passwords is not going to help – software and firmware will need to be updated to workaround this deep design flaw. Well, folks, it’s time to patch.