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Windows XP - Adds support for Wi-Fi Protected Access 2
Contributed by: G3nu1n3, at 5/03/2005 09:12:00 PM.

This update to Windows XP provides support for Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2), which is the latest standards-based wireless security solution derived from the IEEE 802.11i standard designed to help PC/laptops connect to secure public hotspots.

It also contains Wireless Provisioning Services (WPS) Information Element support, which enables improvements in wireless network discoverability.

The Wi-Fi Alliance's WPA2 is designed to replace both the outdated Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) originally built into 802.11 and the stopgap WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) specification, which implements a subset of 802.11i. The standard uses the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) block cipher, 802.1X authentication, RSN (Robust Security Network) and the CCMP encryption algorithm.

WPA2 is expected to greatly increase the security of enterprise wireless networks once it becomes widespread, but so far its implementation has been hampered by the need to upgrade both clients and access points, with access point hardware often needing to be replaced in order to handle AES.

The update to Windows XP, which also works with variants such as Media Center Edition, Tablet PC Edition and Service Pack 2, means Windows will work with WPA2-secured networks without needing any other special client software

Download: Update for Windows XP (KB893357)


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