A Belgian security researcher specializing in Wi-Fi bugs has unearthed a clutch of new ones, which he called FragAttacks, that affect the Wi-Fi standard itself. The name is short for “fragmentation and aggregation attacks.”
Some bugs date back to 1997, meaning that computers, smartphones or other smart devices as old as 24 years may be vulnerable to attackers in Wi-Fi range. If attackers are near enough, they could intercept the owner’s information, trigger malicious code, and/or take over the device.
Mathy Vanhoef, the Belgian security researcher who discovered the FragAttacks, said in a Tuesday post that three of the vulnerabilities are design flaws in the Wi-Fi standard and therefore “affect most devices.”