posted on Oct, 2 2010 @ 01:44 PM
Ok if anyone here is using a VPN that relies on PPTP technology (most of the commercial ones do btw) then you need to read this.
Huge Security Flaw Makes VPNs Useless for
While this article relates to bittorrent, please understand this means anything you send across a VPN that uses PPTP could be compromised, so if
you're a political activist or whistleblower you should take note of this one. The fix for this is provided in the article, it can be prevented.
However i must make something else clear.
The authentication VPN's use often relies on the CHAP protocol, this has also been found to be lacking in security, however for now, as long as you
close the IPv6 vulnerability mentioned in the above article you should be ok.
However i encourage people to look at the OpenVPN project as SSL encryption and the various authentication protocols are more secure for whatever you
are doing online.
I hope this is useful for some people.