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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

Creating virtual access points with Hostapd

In this chapter, we will discuss several techniques that will allow the attacker to position themselves in the flow of traffic, from legitimate connecting clients to the target network. One possible option is to configure an access point that mimics a production access point and contains the same authentication and encryption attributes. The following figure depicts the scenario we are trying to achieve with this type of attack. Essentially, the attacker's device becomes the access point, and the upstream traffic, including the Internet traffic, is forwarded to another interface on the device.

We will discuss how to create virtual access points in Kali Linux using a wireless card. To use a laptop/PC wireless card as an access point, we need Hostapd in Linux. Hostapd enables a virtual access point on a Linux box using the wireless card available to it. It supports all kinds of wireless cards. Occasionally, you may face a challenge where the wireless...