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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

Configuring WLANs

Now, let's consider the creation of a wireless network as part of our test infrastructure. Based on the resources that we have, we can create wireless networks using three techniques:

  • Guest WLAN based on the SOHO router

  • Trusted WLAN based on the hardware access point

  • Trusted WLAN based on the software access point

Each technique has its own characteristics (advantages and disadvantages) and provides a number of choices. We will cover all three options.

Guest WLAN

As our guest WLAN is based on a SOHO router, we will discuss both wired and wireless configurations here to build a guest WLAN and provide Internet access (external network) for the whole lab network.

All modern SOHO routers (like ASUS, Linksys, and D-Link) provide pretty much the same capabilities and configuration options and modes regardless of the model. Therefore, we are not going to provide step-by-step instructions on where to click and what to type in the web interface of a certain router model (especially because...