It seems that the next major update for Windows 10, currently known as version 19H1, will introduce support for the new WIFI standard WPA3. It is safer than the current WPA2 and will eventually have to replace the old standard.

Indications of upcoming support were found in the brand new Windows 10 SDK Preview build 18272, the first SDK for Windows 10 19H1. MSPowerUser discovered a new API that refers to WPA3 in the SDK. As far as we know, this is the first time that WPA3 support has been reported on Windows 10.

Windows 10 19H1 is the code name for the next major feature update of the operating system, which is scheduled for the first half of 2019.

WPA3 was launched by the Wi-Fi Alliance at the beginning of this year and officially adopted in June. WPA stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access and is the general standard for securing Wi-Fi networks. Version 3 introduces, among other things, more robust authentication, as well as increased cryptographic protection of highly sensitive data. There is both a Personal and Enterprise variant of the protocol.

KRACK

The introduction of WPA3 became more urgent in October last year, after a serious vulnerability in the WPA2 protocol was identified. KRACK, as the bug was called, bypasses WPA2 protection and allows hackers to decipher Wi-Fi traffic, infect HTTP content in traffic and take over connections.

WPA3 requires a compatible router and client device. Both standards will therefore continue to coexist for some time to come. In time, WPA3 will become the mandatory standard and will replace its predecessor in its entirety.

Related: Serious vulnerability in WPA2-protocol enables takeover connection

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