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New Wi-Fi protocol WPA3 to increase security

New configuration, authentication, and encryption enhancements will be incorporated into Wi-Fi Protected Access, according to an announcement by the Wi-Fi Alliance, the standards body for wireless devices.

Dubbed WPA3, the first draft of the new standard will be issued later this year.

Presumably, the Wi-Fi Alliance has been driven to hurry up the new standard due to last year's discovery of a major flaw in the WPA2 protocol.

Belgian researcher Mathy Vanhoef, who found the flaw, said at the time that it was in the Wi-Fi standard itself, and not in individual products or implementations.

One of the new features will block W-Fi authentication attempts to brute force passwords after a number of failed logins. A second feature will allow the use of nearby WiFi-enabled devices to configure other devices.

Another feature will strengthen user privacy in open networks through individualised data encryption.

And lastly, a 192-bit security suite, aligned with the Commercial National Security Algorithm Suite from the Committee on National Security Systems, will protect Wi-Fi networks like those of government, defence organisations and industrial set-ups which have higher security requirements.

Wi-Fi Alliance president and chief executive Edgar Figueroa said: “Security is a foundation of Wi-Fi Alliance certification programmes, and we are excited to introduce new features to the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED family of security solutions.

“The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED designation means Wi-Fi devices meet the highest standards for interoperability and security protections.”

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.