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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

Planning services

As usual, before you start building something, it should be planned and all prerequisites should be fulfilled.

In the current topic, we are going to define which server will host which services and applications. We are going to try to host several applications and services at one server, because most of us are limited with computing resources and server hardware, remember?

So, depending on your capabilities and budget, you can use relatively powerful servers to host several relatively powerful VMs or you can use SOHO computers to host VMs with limited RAM and CPUs.


Lab environment flexibility

It is worth reminding that it depends on your own needs and preferences which hosts to include in your lab and which ones to omit. We just want to show the most useful options of installing lab components, but it is totally up to you what exactly to use and what to do not use.

A good thing about using virtual machines is that you do not have to keep all the servers turned on at the...