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#883 investigate enhancement

Hide SSID

Reported by: Josemi <josemi@…> Owned by: john.crispin@…
Priority: normal Milestone:
Component: fon-wifi Version: N/A
Severity: minor
Cc: mihaly.reg@…, jno.fr@…, gabriel.schwartz@… Hardware: both

Description

This is a translation of #397.

I think that is a must-have the option to configure the MyPlace? SSID,so it is hidden for WLAN searches. If you have the option to disable the broadcasting of the SSID, you can make your network more secure as is explained here: http://netsecurity.about.com/od/quicktip1/qt/qtwifinossid.htm

So you need to know the SSID of the private network (MyPlace?) to connect to it by Wi-Fi.

I hope you understand what I mean, it is a little difficult to me to explain it in English.

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comment:1 Changed 8 years ago by matthijs

  • Severity changed from unknown to minor
  • Status changed from new to investigate
  • Version changed from 2.3.6.1 (Gari jr.) to N/A

Thanks, your point is very clear.

However, please don't be fooled into thinking that hiding the SSID adds any security at all. Anyone who knows what he's doing will find out the SSID of your network quickly, even when the SSID is "hidden". So having a decent WPA protection is really needed if you want to actually protect your network. And if you have WPA, then there's nothing that hiding the SSID would help. There's really only two reasons to hide your SSID:

  1. If you have an unprotected network and you don't want novice users to be accessing it. Any serious attacker will not be fooled, of course, so you should really enable WPA protection instead.
  2. You don't want novice users to know that the network exists, in addition to having WPA to prevent them from accessing it.

This is probably the reason the SSID hiding feature is not present. We might consider it again, though, if people really want this (even after having read the above).

comment:2 Changed 8 years ago by Josemi <josemi@…>

Ok, thanks for your explanation. I didn´t know that was possible to crack the network if the SSID was hidden.

However, I also want this because of 2.

Thanks for all, hope that you add the feature anytime in the future.

comment:3 Changed 7 years ago by matthijs

  • Cc mihaly.reg@… added

#316 and #314 are marked as duplicates of this bug.

comment:4 Changed 6 years ago by anonymous

Sure, it's security issue, but I don't use MyPlace?, so why should I be broadcasting it.

It would be more civil to turn of extra SSID by may be setting it to same name as the public SSID for example.

comment:5 Changed 6 years ago by matthijs

Just to clarify: This ticket is about hiding the SSID from scans, not disabling it. The latter is requested in ticket #1099.

comment:6 Changed 6 years ago by matthijs

  • Cc jno.fr@… added

#1140 is a duplicate.

comment:7 Changed 6 years ago by mq@…

Yes, I'd like to have also the option to hide SSID of my private network... Isn't a security issue, but a privacy issue. I don't like to have all the neighbors to see my SSID , each time they connect to wifi! Thank you. Manuel Quinaz

comment:8 Changed 6 years ago by matthijs

  • Cc gabriel.schwartz@… added

#1214 is a duplicate of this ticket.

comment:9 Changed 5 years ago by Luis André

most of us know that is not a security issue but is a private isssue. like Manuel Quinaz, I don't like to have all the neighbors to see my SSID , each time they connect to wifi! Luis André

comment:10 Changed 5 years ago by anonymous

please do something related to this issue.

comment:11 Changed 4 years ago by gabriel.schwartz@…

I agreed with luis Andre, most of us want this option to improve it us security.

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