Kismet Hacking

Kismet Hacking

1st Edition - June 24, 2008

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  • Authors: Frank Thornton, Michael Schearer, Brad Haines
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781597491174
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080558707

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Kismet is the industry standard for examining wireless network traffic, and is used by over 250,000 security professionals, wireless networking enthusiasts, and WarDriving hobbyists.Unlike other wireless networking books that have been published in recent years that geared towards Windows users, Kismet Hacking is geared to those individuals that use the Linux operating system. People who use Linux and want to use wireless tools need to use Kismet. Now with the introduction of Kismet NewCore, they have a book that will answer all their questions about using this great tool. This book continues in the successful vein of books for wireless users such as WarDriving: Drive, Detect Defend.

Key Features

*Wardrive Running Kismet from the BackTrack Live CD

*Build and Integrate Drones with your Kismet Server

*Map Your Data with GPSMap, KisMap, WiGLE and GpsDrive


New and experienced information security professionals; advanced computer users who are interesting in using Kismet

Table of Contents

  •     List of Figures

        List of Tables

        Contributing Authors

        Chapter 1. Introduction to Wireless Networking, Wardriving, and Kismet

            Exploring Past Discoveries That Led to Wireless

                Discovering Electromagnetism

                Exploring Conduction

                Inventing the Radio

                Mounting Radio-Telephones in Cars

                Inventing Computers and Networks

                Inventing Cell Phones

            Exploring Present Applications for Wireless

                Applying Wireless Technology to Vertical Markets

                Applying Wireless Technology to Horizontal Applications

            Introduction to Wardriving

                The Origins of Wardriving


                Wardriving Misconceptions

                The Truth about Wardriving

            Introduction to Wardriving with Linux

                Preparing Your System to Wardrive

                Preparing the Kernel

                Installing the Proper Tools

                Configuring Your System to Wardrive

            Wardriving with Linux and Kismet

                Starting Kismet

                Using the Kismet Interface


        Chapter 2. Basic Installation


            Kismet Prerequisites

        Chapter 3. Operating Kismet


                The Kismet User Interface

                Additional RF Equipment: Antennas and Cables


            Using a GPS Receiver with Kismet

                Typical GPS Problems

            Putting It All together: The Complete Kismet Setup


        Chapter 4. Kismet Menus


            Main Display

                Network List Panel

                Information Panel

                Status Panel

            Pop-up Windows

                Network Details

                Client List

                Client Details

                Packet rate

                Packet Types


                Wireless Card Power

                Network Location

            Customizing the Panels Interface

                Customizing the Network List Window

                Customizing the Client List Window

                Customizing Colors

            Third Party Front-ends



                dumb kismet client

                Further information


            Solutions Fast Track

                Main Display

                Popup Windows

                Customizing the Panels Interface

                Third-Party Front-ends

        Chapter 5. Configuring the Kismet Server


            The Kismet Config File

                Kismet Parameters


            Notes from the Underground

                Kismet Server Command Line


        Chapter 6. Kismet Client Configuration File


            The Kismet Client Config File

                Kismet Parameters

            Command-Line Switches


        Chapter 7. Server.conf File Advanced Configuration


            Asus eeePC Installation

                Installation and Updating

                Install Development Tools

            Kismet on Windows

            Wardriving in a Box

            Monitor Installation


        Chapter 8. Kismet Drones


            Drone Installation

                Linksys WRT54G


                Server Configuration


                Server Configuration

                Cross Compiling with OpenWRT-Buildroot

                Buildroot Installation

            PC Drone Setup

                Kismet Drone Configuration File


        Chapter 9. Kismet and Mapping



                Patching GPSMap



            WiGLE Google Map





                Kismet + GpsDrive + MySQL



            Solutions Fast Track

                GPSMap / KisMap


                WiGLE Google Map




        Chapter 10. Wardriving with Kismet and BackTrack


            Obtaining BackTrack

                Downloading BackTrack

                Burning BackTrack to CD

            Configuring Kismet

                Booting into BackTrack

                Wireless Card Configuration

                Log File Configuration

                Other Configuration Issues

            Wardriving with Kismet


            Managing Your Results


                Obtaining BackTrack

                Configuring Kismet

                Wardriving with Kismet

Product details

  • No. of pages: 272
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Syngress 2008
  • Published: June 24, 2008
  • Imprint: Syngress
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781597491174
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080558707

About the Authors

Frank Thornton

Frank Thornton runs his own technology consulting firm, Blackthorn Systems, which specializes in information security and wireless networks. His specialties include wireless network architecture, design, and implementation, as well as network troubleshooting and optimization. An interest in amateur radio helped him bridge the gap between computers and wireless networks. Having learned at a young age which end of the soldering iron was hot, he has even been known to repair hardware on occasion.

In addition to his computer and wireless interests, Frank was a law enforcement officer for many years. As a detective and forensics expert he has investigated approximately one hundred homicides and thousands of other crime scenes. Combining both professional interests, he was a member of the workgroup that established ANSI Standard "ANSI/NIST-CSL 1-1993 Data Format for the Interchange of Fingerprint Information."

Affiliations and Expertise

Owner, Blackthorn Systems, New Hampshire, USA

Michael Schearer

Brad Haines

Brad "RenderMan" Haines, Contributing Author to RFID Security (ISBN: 978-1-59749-047-4, Syngress) and Kismet Hacking (ISBN: 978-1-59749-117-4, Syngress), is chief researcher of and co-refounder of "The Church of WiFi" wireless think tank. He currently operates his own consulting company in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, providing wireless performance and security assessment services for a variety of clients both large and small.

A noted expert in the hacker community in the field of wireless security, he has spoken at many international conferences such as Black Hat and DEFCON and taught several classes on free wireless assessment tools. He has also contributed over time to many wireless security tools such as the Kismet wirelss sniffer and coWPAtty.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief researcher of

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