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WTF...? COMPROMISED?!?
A message just popped up stating:

"The wireless network appears to have been compromised and will be disabled for about a minute."

The trigger? Connecting to my PC over the local LAN, secured by WPA. Using a cheap TrendNET router, but still.. WPA should be secure enough. I thought.

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Looks ok. Damned odd message though - I was unable to get a screenshot - the screenshot commands didn't work. However, the message can be found in the file "Localizable.strings" in the
"ClientController.bundle/Contents/Resources/English.lproj" folder under the
"/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/A/Resources" folder:
"wpaIsFailureMIC" = "The wireless network appears to have been compromised and will be disabled for about a minute.";
"wpaIsReplayAttack" = "The wireless network appears to have been compromised and will be disabled for about a minute.";

A moderator of the macosxhints forum stated, "This happens when a mounted drive disappears. E.g., the remote machine is rebooted."

The latter is possible, as the reason...

And... I think I might have damaged my hard drive earlier when my iBook slipped off the PC... Whoops.

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porsupah From: porsupah Date: September 1st, 2006 05:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Seems a bit unlikely, yes. WPA2's fairly good, for practical purposes. (Wish the original AirPort cards could be upgraded to support it. :-P If I want Mouse online wirelessly, I need to drop to WEP, or nothing. Not generally much of an issue, but one set of neighbors are.. not good. Unlikely they'd have any WiFi, but it'd be silly to take the chance)

Wish routers had the ability to offer simultaneous WPA2/open access - secure clients could have LAN access; open, everything else. I don't mind the idea of someone hopping on my network if they're in need of a digital oasis, though I sometimes saturate the link such that they'd find fairly low throughput. =:) As is, it seems the only comprehensive option is to have two WiFi nodes, one for internal use, one for external/open access.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

yeah, wtf



I managed to get a screenshot with the 'screencapture' commandline utility.

I really have no idea what is causing this. It only happens on my macbook (never happens on my titanium or my roommate's ibook).

out of curiosity, do you use VMware Fusion? I think that may be related to the issue.


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ibneko From: ibneko Date: August 13th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: yeah, wtf

Interesting. It had only occured on my iBook G4. Haven't seen it since switching to my MacBook Pro (been... one month now?). I've noticed it seems to show up if I'm transfering large amounts of data. Shouldn't have anything to do with VMWare Fusion.

From what I've read, it happens on WPA-PSK (WPA: wireless encryption method - better than WEP; PSK: Pre-Shared Key, where the password to encrypt is "shared' among users) wireless networks only. So I suspect it may have something to do with the wireless packets getting confused or out of order or something.
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