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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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Choosing an interface

Before we start preparing an instance, we need to care about a hardware Wi-Fi interface as probably the most important part of the pentesting platform. There are three main criteria for hardware Wi-Fi interfaces important for penetration testing and thus influence our choice:

  • Chipset: The chipset of a Wi-Fi interface should be able to support packet injection mode, which allows us to interact with an interface on a low level and customize transmitted packets.

  • Power and sensitivity: This parameter determines the distance between you and your targets—the higher the power and sensitivity, the farther you can stay. But you should take into consideration that higher power consumes more energy and shortens a laptop's battery life.

  • Proportions: This parameter does not influence the quality of penetration testing, but it influences the ease of your work. The bigger an interface and the more wires you have, the less comfortable it is to use on-site.

Let's review two typical hardware...