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Building a Pentesting Lab for Wireless Networks

By : Andrey Popov, Vyacheslav Fadyushin, Aaron Woody
Book Image

Building a Pentesting Lab for Wireless Networks

By: Andrey Popov, Vyacheslav Fadyushin, Aaron Woody

Overview of this book

Starting with the basics of wireless networking and its associated risks, we will guide you through the stages of creating a penetration testing lab with wireless access and preparing your wireless penetration testing machine. This book will guide you through configuring hardware and virtual network devices, filling the lab network with applications and security solutions, and making it look and work like a real enterprise network. The resulting lab protected with WPA-Enterprise will let you practice most of the attack techniques used in penetration testing projects. Along with a review of penetration testing frameworks, this book is also a detailed manual on preparing a platform for wireless penetration testing. By the end of this book, you will be at the point when you can practice, and research without worrying about your lab environment for every task.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Building a Pentesting Lab for Wireless Networks
About the Authors
About the Reviewers


In this chapter, we reviewed which wireless technologies are used to transfer data and especially highlighted the Wi-Fi technology as the technology that we will employ to provide network access to our penetration testing lab.

During our journey through this chapter, we also looked at the security mechanisms that are used to secure access to wireless networks, their typical threads, and common misconfigurations that lead to security breaches and allow attackers to harm corporate and private wireless networks.

The brief attack methodology overview has given us a general understanding of how attackers normally act during wireless attacks and how they bypass common security mechanisms by exploiting certain flaws in those mechanisms.

We also saw that the most secure and preferable way to protect a wireless network is to use WPA2-Enterprise security along with a mutual client and server authentication, which we are going to implement in our penetration testing lab.

Now, we are ready to proceed with building a wireless lab protected from the flaws listed previously. In the next chapter, we are going to help you to first determine the tasks that a lab should fulfill for you and then we will guide you through the whole lab planning process. The guidance is organized in such a way that you can decide which lab components and technologies you need to implement based on your own requirements.