Friday, June 24, 2011

Cracking WEP/WPA/2 networks with Aircrack-ng [Linux]

Now that you have hopefully installed the Aircrack-ng suite and familiarized yourself with some basic Linux commands, we can start cracking WEP and WPA1/2 networks to see the differences in security Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) and Wi-fi Protected Access (WPA) provide.


A Quick Overview of Linux Commands [Linux]

Before my posts really start, I thought a quick overview of commonly used Linux commands would be useful since this blog is for complete newbies and those starting off with almost no experience.

Below is a list of commonly used Linux commands (I will update this frequently, so it might be small at first):

Getting Started With Aircrack-ng [Linux]

As my first "real" post, I'll explain the basics to installing an important suite that I use quite often and is one of the most important tools to pentesting networks called Aircrack-ng (ng stands for new generation, like IPng or IPv6).

I use Ubuntu Backtrack 5 which comes preloaded with the aircrack-ng suite, but I'll explain how to install and configure this on a fresh Linux computer or laptop for those who aren't strictly into netsec and want to start or have fun with it.

Before starting on Linux, make sure you have all the necessary kernel headers and other files necessary to run aircrack. Issue the command "apt-get install build-essential" and add the prefix "sudo" (super user do) before if you are not running as root. This should install all necessary files if you do not already have them, and  you should be ready to begin.
Also, the aircrackng suite requires the "openssl-dev or libssl-dev" dependencies (thanks Anon in comments!); try apt-getting these as well.