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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

Using OpenWrt for wireless assessments

OpenWrt ( is a custom Linux-based distribution that is designed for embedded platforms, such as home wireless routers. It supports many different processor types, wireless radios, and hardware configurations. The primary challenge with these embedded hardware platforms is their limited RAM, disk space, and processing power. For example, the Cisco Linksys E2000, used to demonstrate the commands in this chapter, has a Broadcom MPS74Kc processor running at 354 MHz, 8 MB of Flash, and 32 MB of RAM, which is a very constrained space to run an operating system and additional applications in. Since the platforms are embedded systems on chips, they can be made very small and hence can be great for this use case.

There are several devices that can be purchased, and they are preinstalled with OpenWrt and are powered by USB, have onboard wireless, support USB 3G interfaces and, most importantly, are tiny. This makes them a great platform...