Sunday Apr 29, 2007

SLOTD 2007-04-30: Improved WiFi security in OpenSolaris

This was a great weekend for WiFi on OpenSolaris (and thus future releases of Solaris and Solaris Express) [build 64]. Not only did we get a driver for the Intel Centrino 3945 chipset but more importantly (well at least in the eyes of a security geek like me) we got support for WPA-PSK. I've been working with the project team, not as a core developer - mostly design advice and codereview, on this for quite some time now and I'm really glad to see it integrated I'm really pleased with the architecture and the implementation.

Yeah I know lots of other operating systems had this already and now we do to! This combined with NWAM which integrated its first deliverables into build 62 and we are really going somewhere with usability and security for Solaris on laptops.

Now I can put WPA-PSK on my home router again instead of relying on WEP, not brodcasting my ssid and MAC address restrictions. Meanwhile the project team are now off developing WPA Enterprise support, I expect to work with them a little as they design and implement that support.

- Darren

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