On Thu, 9 Jun 2005, Cian Cullinan wrote:
> I was under the impression that WPA used 802.1x for authentication.
> That's about all I know though, is there a more full blown solution
> using it?
WPA is a sort of stop-gap, a cut-down 'draft' version of the basic
authentication messages of 802.1x - AIUI. (The actual authentication
crypto stuff being defined elsewhere, IIRC, TKIP?? or somesuch.).
802.1x proper goes further and defines various roles and how they can
interact. Including ways to have entities controlling ports 'switch
off' a port until authentication succeeds, and ways to allow the
actual authentication process to be proxied and centralised (via
encapsulated EAP messages).
A version of 802.1x standard is available on the IEEE site somewhere
and has a reasonably useful overview of the intended capabilities.
Paul Jakma paul at clubi.iepaul at jakma.org Key ID: 64A2FF6A
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