Breaking WEP in Under a Minute
WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) was the protocol used to secure wireless networks. It’s known to be insecure and has been replaced by Wi-Fi Protected Access, but it’s still in use.
This paper, “Breaking 104 bit WEP in less than 60 seconds,” is the best attack against WEP to date:
We demonstrate an active attack on the WEP protocol that is able to recover a 104-bit WEP key using less than 40.000 frames with a success probability of 50%. In order to succeed in 95% of all cases, 85.000 packets are needed. The IV of these packets can be randomly chosen. This is an improvement in the number of required frames by more than an order of magnitude over the best known key-recovery attacks for WEP. On a IEEE 802.11g network, the number of frames required can be obtained by re-injection in less than a minute. The required computational effort is approximately 2^20 RC4 key setups, which on current desktop and laptop CPUs in negligible.