Encryption Protocols

With the changes in 802.11i, the 802.11 standard has three encryption protocols: WEP, TKIP, and CCMP. These protocols serve multiple purposes. They primarily are used for confidentiality but also include message integrity. TKIP and CCMP also include replay protection. WEP does not provide robust message integrity or replay protection.


Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is an algorithm that was specified in the original IEEE 802.11 specification. It had three main design goals:

  • To prevent disclosure of packets in transit

  • To prevent modification of packets in transit

  • To provide access control for use of the network

The net effect of these mechanisms was supposed to make the wireless medium as secure as wired Ethernet, hence ...

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