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Thursday, February 24, 2005

China Walks Out Of Wireless LAN Security Talks

China walked out of a wireless standards meeting this week, accusing the International Organization for Standardization of favoritism.

The gambit came after China’s Wireless Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure (WAPI) security scheme was withdrawn and placed on a slower track by the ISO.  China initially agreed last year to refrain from making its WAPI security scheme mandatory for wireless LAN equipment in China.  It then approached ISO with a fast-track submission in an effort to make WAPI an international security standard.

Until this week, the ISO group was focused on whether or not both 802.11i and WAPI should be cemented as enhanced—- but optional—- security standards.  However, sources said tempers flared when China’s original fast-track submission, designated 1N7506 of China National Standard GB15629.11 (WAPI), was withdrawn from consideration.;jsessionid=F5FTSCKZCDLYAQSNDBCSKH0CJUMEKJVN

Posted on 02/24