Microsoft warns of a rogue Wi-Fi vulnerability on our Windows Phones

Microsoft has issued an advisory warning concerning a Windows Phone vulnerability when connecting to rogue Wi-Fi networks.

The issue at hand rests in a Wi-Fi authentication scheme (PEAP-MS-CHAPv2) which our Windows Phones use to access protected wireless networks. Cryptographic weaknesses in the technology can allow an attacker to recover a Windows Phone encrypted domain credentials (passwords) when it connects to a rogue access point.

For those who aren't up on their security, a rogue access point is a wireless access point that has been installed on a secure company network without authorization or has been created by a hacker to accommodate attacks.

Microsoft is not expected to issue an update to correct this issue but instead recommends users require a certificate to verify a wireless access point before starting the authentication process from our Windows Phones.

Microsoft has detailed instructions on how to require the certification in their advisory that entails, deleting the Wi-Fi network from your Windows Phone and then re-establish the network connection after receiving the root certificate from the network's Corporate IT.

Source: Microsoft via: ARS Technica; Thanks, everyone, for the tip!

George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.