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WPA3 : WiFi Latest Security Standards Announced by WiFi Alliance

Last year, Belgian security researcher Mathy Vanhoef had disclosed details of a vulnerability named as KRACK, by which hackers can break the security standards of WiFi WPA2, which was know to be the secure. Almost every wireless features device was prone to KRACK.

Today, WiFi Alliance the organization that decides WiFi standards, came up with the new standard of WiFi and published the first details about the upcoming WPA3 WiFi protocol.
On first official draft of the WPA3 WiFi authentication protocol will be available later this year, but the WiFi Alliance teased four major features today that users and hardware vendors should look forward in the new standard.
Four New Features Coming in WPA3
  • The first feature is about the security and its a protection from the bruteforce attacks by blocking the WiFi authentication process after several failed login attempts. This is common features and can be found many web authentication. This is important as attackers mostly perform dictionary bruteforce attack over WiFi authentications
  • The second is the ability to use nearby WiFi-enabled devices as the configuration panel for other devices. For example, a user will be able to use his phone or tablet to configure the WiFi WPA3 options of another device that doesn't have a screen, such as tiny IoT equipment like smart locks, smart light bulbs, and others.
  • Now the third and forth both related to the encryption capabilities. The third is "individualized data encryption," which is a feature that encrypts connections between each device and the router or access point, and the fourth is an improved cryptographic standard that the WiFi Alliance described as "a 192-bit security suite, aligned with the Commercial National Security Algorithm (CNSA) Suite from the Committee on National Security Systems.
As WiFi Alliance had just released the first draft of WPA3, but Linux is as always ahead than other OS. Linux's open source WiFi client already supports the latest WiFi standards, they are just have to start in works.

As of now new WiFi authentication standards have been announced so it will take some times before users will able to get the device supporting WPA3.

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