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HOW TO: Force users to login via their browser when connecting to our unsecure wireless network

Posted on 2009-04-07
Last Modified: 2012-05-06

When users connect to our unsecure wireless network I want them to be forced to login via their web browser before they can access the network.

I have servers running Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Ubuntu Server. I would prefer to set this up on Windows Server 2008.

Do you know how I would do this or know of any documents to assist me?


Question by:drew17
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EmpKent earned 250 total points
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I would put a proxy server in front of the gateway and you could force users to login there or configure it to authenticate against LDAP, Domain, etc.

ISA Server is one option for the MS servers. Squid is an open source proxy for your Linux box.


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coredatarecovery earned 250 total points
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This leaves a HUGE security hole in that you are only restricting web traffic with this.
someone can just connect and start transferring files with this method.

You should run either encrypted tcp/ip with certificate authentication to obtain an ip address or
run WPA2 and only assign IP Addresses who's mac addresses are in the allowed to connect policies.


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EmpKent earned 250 total points
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If you leave a default route on the router and do not use ACLs, you have security issues whether you use a proxy or not.

It is quite easy to restrict all outbound traffic to the proxy only.


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coredatarecovery earned 250 total points
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Absolutely correct,
Not to mention the fact that you can passively read all of the data packets without being assigned an IP address on the network.

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