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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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Common variants of the pentesting platform

Preparing a penetration testing platform is not a complicated topic, but it should be properly considered in order to produce good results for your work. Normally, such a platform is based on a laptop, but not necessarily a specially prepared laptop. We consider three main options to prepare a pentesting platform and you can choose whichever you like:

  • Installing Linux and all necessary tools (or just a prepared pentesting distribution) as the main or second operating system on a laptop's hard drive

  • Preparing a virtual machine with all necessary tools installed

  • Preparing a bootable USB stick with a special penetration testing Linux distribution


When we talk about a Wi-Fi penetration testing machine, we always assume Linux OS by default. It does not mean that Windows or Mac OS cannot be used for that purpose. In our opinion, Linux is the most convenient OS for Wi-Fi penetration testing because it allows you to work with hardware interfaces on a low...