LEAP user ID transmitted in clear text

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May 23rd, 2002
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It appears that the LEAP user ID is transmitted in clear text over the airwaves (password is not) and anyone with a wireless sniffer can see it. Is this normal? Or is there a setting to change this?

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mmellet Mon, 06/03/2002 - 06:13
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This is normal. Most usernames are derivatives of their real name or email address or something similar so they can be easily guessed or learned form e-mails, etc. So usernames are not a secure item to start with so it doesn’t matter that they’re in clear text.

bmcmurdo Mon, 06/03/2002 - 15:09
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You can't encrypt it because you don't have an encryption key yet! LEAPs whole purpose is to dynamically derive (at the client and the RADIUS server) a dynamic WEP key, until this is done, you can't encrypt anything.


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