How Firesheep Can Hijack Web SessionsFiresheep is a Firefox extension used to hijack web sessions, usually used over WiFi networks. Firesheep doesn't steal usernames and passwords, instead it copies session cookies used on authenticated websites. These are then used to impersonate the hijacked connection. Session hijacking, or sidejacking is a well known problem, ranking 3rd on OWASP's (Open Web Application Security Project) Top 10 Application Security Risk list. Attackers using Firesheep just need access to network traffic -- such
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Even when a wireless adaptor can't be set to capture all traffic, an attacker can use "Cain & Able" to perform a man-in-the-middle attack. In this case, a laptop transparently passes Ethernet traffic between the target and the router, allowing the laptop to capture all traffic. In this attack, the first job is to find the MAC addresses on the segment.
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