Am I missing something. Wasn't this sort of obvious all along ?
News Flashes about a serious Windows Wireless Security Hole "Windows Wi-Fi Flaw Lets Others See Your Stuff
Windows XP and 2000's techniques for looking for wireless connections can be used by attackers to read unsuspecting targets' hard drives.
By Gregg Keizer TechWeb News
Jan 17, 2006 05:49 PM
A security researcher warned over the weekend that the way Windows XP and 2000 look for wireless connections can be used by hackers to dip into unsuspecting users' hard drives.
Calling the flaw a "configuration error" rather than a true vulnerability, researcher Mark Loveless claimed that when Windows powers up but doesn't find a wireless access point, it creates an ad hoc network, complete with the SSID, the Wi-Fi network identifier, like "linkysys" or "actiontec," of the last network connection.
Other laptops, when set to sniff for the same SSID, can listen for such connections, and when they find one, create a peer-to-peer link between the two PCs, said Loveless. Once connected, the attacker could conceivably introduce malicious code and/or access files on the laptop's hard drive.
"In Windows 2000 and Windows XP and [XP] SP1, this all happens in the background without the user's knowledge,"