416: Zealous Autoconfig

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Zealous Autoconfig
I hear this is an option in the latest Ubuntu release.
Title text: I hear this is an option in the latest Ubuntu release.

Explanation

Cueball is seen attempting to connect his laptop to a Wi-Fi network. He manages to find a secure access point named "Lenhart Family" (which is pesumably Miss Lenhart's home Wi-Fi access point) and attempts to connect to it.

The laptop's Wi-Fi autoconfig utility, instead of requesting a password, first attempts using "common" passwords (known as a dictionary attack). Failing this, it attempts to exploit a WEP vulnerability, which surprises Cueball. This also fails, possibly because Miss Lenhart used WPA instead of WEP.

In the third panel, the autoconfig then connects to Cueball's Bluetooth phone and uses it to call a local school and finds that Miss Lenhart's children are attending.

In the fourth panel, the autoconfig notifies "field agents" to kidnap Miss Lenhart's children, then starts "negotiating" with her. Cueball, frightened by these actions, repeatedly presses Ctrl-C in an attempt to cancel the process, with little success. Ctrl+C is used to abort programs started from a terminal (Unix/Linux) or a command line prompt (cmd.exe under Windows). Part of the humor is that he only attempts to cancel quite late in the process, well after (for instance) the school was first called.

The title text mentions Ubuntu, a Linux distribution that attempts to be as user friendly as possible.

Transcript

[Cueball sitting on a chair with his laptop in his lap.]
Laptop: Starting WiFi autoconfig... searching for WiFi... Found no open networks.
Laptop: Found secure net SSID "Lenhart Family"
Laptop: Trying common passwords... Failed. Checking for WEP Vulnerabilities...
Cueball: Um.
Laptop: None found.
[Cueball still sitting with laptop in his lap, but hand is on chin. Phone on table across room starts vibrating.]
Laptop: Connecting to Bluetooth phone... Calling local school... Found Lenhart children.
[Cueball furiously typing on his laptop.]
Laptop: Notifying field agents. Children acquired. Calling Lenhart parents. Negotiating for WiFi password...
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Discussion

I have my network autoconfig set up to run a rainbow table attack if there's a password on the network. Wifi everywhere is great. Davidy22(talk) 15:05, 1 November 2012 (UTC)


But how would the school know about the Lenhart children if Mrs. Roberts deleted the students table? 184.11.73.88 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)}

I say it'd be a liveware attack. A voice-call from the application, with in-built speech-synthisis and speech-recognition capabilities, requesting information from the school secretary him/herself. Probably a Black Hat construction. Or Hartigan (/whoever) from the Leverage series... ;) 178.107.249.215 23:43, 17 June 2013 (UTC)
I think Miss Lenhart must be the Lenhart children's paternal aunt. Their mother is most probably Mrs. Lenhart. Xhfz (talk) 02:20, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
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