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Method for securing wireless temporary Internet access

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000146690D
Publication Date: 2007-Feb-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 62K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for securing wireless temporary Internet access. Benefits include improved functionality and improved security.

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Method for securing wireless temporary Internet access

Disclosed is a method for securing wireless temporary Internet access. Benefits include improved functionality and improved security.

Background

      Conventional temporary Internet access, including guest access, is granted by broadcasting the service set identifier (SSID) and disabling security features, such as authentication and encryption. This disablement creates an insecure computing environment, of which the end user is typically unaware. A robust method for supplying guest Internet access is required to provide a secure environment for the end user and the service provider.

      Broadcasting SSIDs for temporary Internet access has resulted in several types of information security attacks, including eavesdropping, denial of service, and session hijacking. Free internet access has resulted in every attached client sharing the same SSID and virtual local area network (VLAN)/subnet. Each node associated with an SSID is vulnerable to an infected/malicious host on the same subnet. Additionally, the SSID becomes common knowledge, increasing the lack of security.

Description

      The disclosed method protects wireless temporary Internet access. The method enables connectivity between a wireless access point and the point-of-sale (POS) system without requiring additional infrastructure (see Figure 1).

      The disclosed method includes the following key functions (see Figure 2):

•     Access point that supports multiple SSIDs – This function is common across the entire sp...