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BackTrack 5 Wireless Penetration Testing Beginner's Guide

By : Vivek Ramachandran
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BackTrack 5 Wireless Penetration Testing Beginner's Guide

By: Vivek Ramachandran

Overview of this book

Wireless has become ubiquitous in today’s world. The mobility and flexibility provided by it makes our lives more comfortable and productive. But this comes at a cost – Wireless technologies are inherently insecure and can be easily broken. BackTrack is a penetration testing and security auditing distribution that comes with a myriad of wireless networking tools used to simulate network attacks and detect security loopholes. Backtrack 5 Wireless Penetration Testing Beginner’s Guide will take you through the journey of becoming a Wireless hacker. You will learn various wireless testing methodologies taught using live examples, which you will implement throughout this book. The engaging practical sessions very gradually grow in complexity giving you enough time to ramp up before you get to advanced wireless attacks.This book will take you through the basic concepts in Wireless and creating a lab environment for your experiments to the business of different lab sessions in wireless security basics, slowly turn on the heat and move to more complicated scenarios, and finally end your journey by conducting bleeding edge wireless attacks in your lab.There are many interesting and new things that you will learn in this book – War Driving, WLAN packet sniffing, Network Scanning, Circumventing hidden SSIDs and MAC filters, bypassing Shared Authentication, Cracking WEP and WPA/WPA2 encryption, Access Point MAC spoofing, Rogue Devices, Evil Twins, Denial of Service attacks, Viral SSIDs, Honeypot and Hotspot attacks, Caffe Latte WEP Attack, Man-in-the-Middle attacks, Evading Wireless Intrusion Prevention systems and a bunch of other cutting edge wireless attacks.If you were ever curious about what wireless security and hacking was all about, then this book will get you started by providing you with the knowledge and practical know-how to become a wireless hacker.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
BackTrack 5 Wireless Penetration Testing
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Wireless penetration testing

Wireless penetration testing methodology is no different from the wired world one. The differences lie in the actual techniques used to conduct activities in various phases. Those with some experience in wired world penetration testing will feel right at home. For those who haven't, don't worry; you will pick this up very fast!

Broadly, we can break up a wireless penetration testing exercise into the following phases:

  1. Planning phase

  2. Discovery phase

  3. Attack phase

  4. Reporting phase

We will now look at each of these phases separately.


In this phase, we understand the following:

  1. Scope of the assessment: The client employing the penetration tester will be the one to define the scope of the assessment. Typically, the following information is gathered:

    • Location of the penetration test

    • Total coverage area of the premises

    • Approximate number of access point and wireless clients deployed

    • Which wireless networks are included in the assessment?

    • Should a full proof of concept for...