Microsoft Windows XP Wireless LAN AP Information Disclosure Vulnerability
An information disclosure vulnerability has been reported for systems using the IEEE 802.11b standard for wireless communications.
An attacker can exploit this vulnerability to set up an AP with the same SSID (Service Set ID) of a previously configured AP. When the vulnerable system recognizes this malicious AP, it will then begin transmission of data.
This can be exploited by an attacker to intercept and decrypt any transmissions received from a vulnerable system. Information obtained in this manner may be used to launch further, destructive attacks against a vulnerable system.
** Microsoft has stated that this issue is not platform specific. Rather, it is an issue with the IEEE 802.11b standard.