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Mastering Kali Linux Wireless Pentesting

By : Brian Sak, Jilumudi Raghu Ram
Book Image

Mastering Kali Linux Wireless Pentesting

By: Brian Sak, Jilumudi Raghu Ram

Overview of this book

Kali Linux is a Debian-based Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing. It gives access to a large collection of security-related tools for professional security testing - some of the major ones being Nmap, Aircrack-ng, Wireshark, and Metasploit. This book will take you on a journey where you will learn to master advanced tools and techniques to conduct wireless penetration testing with Kali Linux. You will begin by gaining an understanding of setting up and optimizing your penetration testing environment for wireless assessments. Then, the book will take you through a typical assessment from reconnaissance, information gathering, and scanning the network through exploitation and data extraction from your target. You will get to know various ways to compromise the wireless network using browser exploits, vulnerabilities in firmware, web-based attacks, client-side exploits, and many other hacking methods. You will also discover how to crack wireless networks with speed, perform man-in-the-middle and DOS attacks, and use Raspberry Pi and Android to expand your assessment methodology. By the end of this book, you will have mastered using Kali Linux for wireless security assessments and become a more effective penetration tester and consultant.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Mastering Kali Linux Wireless Pentesting
About the Authors
About the Reviewer

Chapter 4. Wireless Cracking

Information transmitted via wireless networks travels through the air. Anyone within radio frequency range of the transmitting AP is able to capture the wireless packets and potentially see sensitive data in transit. The options available to an administrator to obfuscate and encrypt network transmissions, and the implementation complexity of those options, vary based on the type of wireless network chosen. Primarily, you will encounter Open, WEP, WPA, and WPA2 networks during your penetration tests and we will discuss each of these in turn.

Open wireless networks do not require any authentication, nor do they provide encryption for the transmitted data, so the data passing through these networks can be easily captured and valuable information can be extracted. When accessing open networks, any device sending data should use either transport or application layer encryption to protect the transmission. Thankfully, open networks are not the only way to create a wireless...