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Hacking Exposed Wireless, Third Edition by Johnny Cache, Joshua Wright

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CHAPTER 5

ATTACKING 802.11 WIRELESS CLIENTS

With the recent increase in WPA adoption, attacking 802.11 networks has gotten much more difficult. Gone are the days when nearly every 802.11 network could be cracked with little more than packets and patience. This hardship has led to an increased interest in hacking 802.11 clients instead.

Client-side attacks are unique in that they often take place at many levels of the protocol stack. At the uppermost level are application-level exploits. These are the advisories that the security community is used to seeing: bugs in Java, Firefox, and so on. What makes client-side attacks interesting to a wireless hacker is not so much the bug-of-the-day that is used to gain code execution, but the manipulation ...

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