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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
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Installing web applications

Nowadays when a lot of businesses are going online or at least have to be present on the Web, penetration testers mostly deal with web applications rather than with infrastructure pentests. Therefore, it is essential for a penetration tester to acquire web application hacking skills and improve them constantly.


Working with limited computing resources

If you experience a lack of computing power for creating other virtual servers, you can install all web applications on the same server. Alternatively, you can install some of them on the "attacker's machine" or the penetration testing machine that you are going to use for hacking.

We will use a LAMP (Linux, Apache, and MySQL*PHP) server based on Ubuntu Server 14.03.4 LTS to install web applications. But if you prefer to use Windows for some reason, you can use XAMPP—an Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP, and Perl.

Preparing a web server

We will install all our lab web applications on the same web server under...