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6.4 Wireless Security on Linux

Once you have configured your wireless base station to use WEP encryption the next step is configure the wireless network adaptor on your Linux system to use the same encryption key so that it can decrypt the data travelling over the network.

RedHat Linux provides a powerful graphical tool that makes it easy to configure wireless security on your Linux system. On RedHat Linux systems this tool is called:

redhat-config-network

On Fedora Core systems this tool is called:

system-config-network

The tool must be run with root privileges. If you are not root when you run the tool it will ask you for the root password before letting you proceed.  The main screen of the configuration tool is shown in Figure 6.4.

rehdat-config-network Main Screen
Figure 6.3 - redhat-config-network Main Screen

The main screen displays the active network devices on the system. In the configuration shown there is one network device listed and this is our wireless network adaptor.

The next step is to configure the wireless encryption setting for this device.

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