Tanaza celebrates World WiFi day

Tanaza celebrates World WiFi day

World Wifi Day Blog
Today is June 20th and we celebrate an important global initiative – World WiFi day.
What is World WiFi day?
World WiFi day celebrates the significant role that WiFi plays in our society. This initiative celebrates innovations and supports new projects that help bridge the digital divide worldwide and aim to “connect the unconnected” in both developed and developing countries.
Why do we celebrate World WiFi day?
Tanaza was founded with the goal to disrupt the WiFi market. We did so by developing an innovative WiFi cloud-based software that leverages the WiFi hardware commoditization trend, that would support the ubiquitous expansion of WiFi networks, both on a local and a global level. Our mission from the very beginning was to contribute to establishing a world where any person and any object are connected, anytime, anywhere, wirelessly.
How do we contribute?
With the ever-growing need for a fast and ubiquitous WiFi connection in most public spaces, we hope to contribute to bridging the digital divide. So far, we are proud to support this initiative by serving the needs of thousands of clients in various sectors, in more than 150 countries.

At Tanaza, we believe that the current market conditions allow the disaggregation of hardware and software to occur also in the Wi-Fi networking market and make the same disruption happen.

With this in mind, and as part of our continuous contribution to the development of the WiFi space/market, we also have recently introduced Tanaza’s latest innovation: a Linux-based operating system for open Wi-Fi networking devices.

TanazaOS discards the vertically-integrated model by encouraging the decoupling of hardware and software in the networking market and particularly in the wireless networking segment.

We are also proud to mention our latest partnership with Telecom Infra Project (TIP) to improve WiFi Internet connectivity and pursue opportunities to deploy innovative technology. Our aim is to improve interoperability, minimize costs, increase Wi-Fi quality, leveraging as much as possible an approach inspired by the Open Source community and software/hardware disaggregation. Within this project, Tanaza intends to maximize software/hardware disaggregation, deploying large scale pilot projects in conjunction with other members, such as operators, ISPs, WISPs, interested in specific innovation aspects covered by the TanazaOS innovation project.

Since it was founded, Tanaza has received five Seals of Excellence from the European Commission as well as the Horizon2020 grant with this year’s submission. Tanaza also received the “Best Enterprise Wi-Fi Solution” award during the Wi-Fi NOW Conference in Berlin in November 2018, and was listed among the 2019 Red Herring Top 100 Europe Winners.

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Security breach in WPA2 protocol: what is the KRACK attack?

Security breach in WPA2 protocol: what is the KRACK attack?

Security breach in WPA2 protocol: what is the KRACK attack
For the past few days, you have been able to read on the internet that Wi-Fi WPA2 protocol has been having? issues regarding its data security. In this article, we will explain this data security issue entails and why Tanaza is not concerned by this flaw.

“KRACK Wi-Fi attack threatens all networks”, “KRACK Wi-Fi flaw, the big issue for Wi-Fi network”… the internet has been  in shambles for ten days due to the flaw discovery on the Wi-Fi network security process.


What is the KRACK issue?

KRACK stands for Key Reinstallation AttaCK and it designates the issue occurring when the third step of a four-way authentication process, performs in the wrong way.
To be clear, during the third step of the authentication process (when a device tries to connect to a protected Wi-Fi network), the encryption key can be sent multiple times to get access to the protected Wi-Fi network. Security issues occur when a hacker can collect this information and replay the transmission to break the Wi-Fi security encryption key.


What happens when the Wi-Fi encryption key is broken?

If a hacker gets the encryption key, they will be able to “sniff” your data and steal your sensitive information such as credit card details, emails, pictures, passwords and so on. The risk is the same as using a non-protected Wi-Fi network; users data is potentially accessible to all.
Moreover, the United-States Computer Emergency Readiness Team declared about KRACK issues that “the impact of exploiting these vulnerabilities includes decryption, packet replay, TCP connection hijacking, HTTP content injection, and others”.


Which devices are vulnerable?

The KRACK attack is not an issue for the device itself,  but the information it contains. All data sent on a Wi-Fi network without encryption key is as vulnerable as it when the user visits websites that are not HTTPS. You need to update your smartphone, tablet, router and computer with the latest security release to reduce the risk of data theft. Nevertheless, researchers said Android devices were more likely to be at risk rather than other mobile phones, same for Linux runners, considered as the most vulnerable devices.


Why are Tanaza users not concerned by this KRACK issue?

To prevent KRACK attacks in any Tanaza network, Tanaza introduced the fix in its latest firmware release. To avoid any risk, both the firmware and the customer device have to contain the fix for this attack.

This specific attack is against the 4-way handshake and it’s explicitly intended to exploit customers devices rather than access points. By using the Man-in-the-Middle attack (or MitM), hackers try to gather sensible data by misleading the device for the connection authentication and the user for the web surfing security (e.g. preventing websites from using HTTPS encryption and collecting any data such as usernames and passwords during any login process).
In a few words, if your access points runs on the latest Tanaza firmware and your devices are updated, you are protected from this KRACK issue.


If you want more information, read this article.

Security breach in WPA2 protocol: what is the KRACK attack?