WarDriving and Wireless Penetration Testing - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781597491112, 9780080520773

WarDriving and Wireless Penetration Testing

1st Edition

eBook ISBN: 9780080520773
Paperback ISBN: 9781597491112
Imprint: Syngress
Published Date: 8th November 2006
Page Count: 446
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Wireless networking has become standard in many business and government networks. This book is the first book that focuses on the methods used by professionals to perform WarDriving and wireless pentration testing.

Unlike other wireless networking and security books that have been published in recent years, this book is geared primarily to those individuals that are tasked with performing penetration testing on wireless networks. This book continues in the successful vein of books for penetration testers such as Google Hacking for Penetration Testers and Penetration Tester’s Open Source Toolkit. Additionally, the methods discussed will prove invaluable for network administrators tasked with securing wireless networks. By understanding the methods used by penetration testers and attackers in general, these administrators can better define the strategies needed to secure their networks.

Key Features

  • According to a study by the Strategis Group more than one third of the words population will own a wireless device by the end of 2008.

  • The authors have performed hundreds of wireless penetration tests, modeling their attack methods after those used by real world attackers.

  • Unlike other wireless books, this is geared specifically for those individuals that perform security assessments and penetration tests on wireless networks.


The target audience for this book is information security professionals who are required to perform WarDriving and wireless penetration testing as part of their duties as well as hobbyists that are interested in learning the tactics used by professional penetration testers when WarDriving and performing wireless penetration tests. Additionally, both business and home users that are concerned about the security of their wireless networks will find a wealth of knowledge in how to secure their networks.

Table of Contents


Technical Editor and Lead Author

Technical Editor and Contributing Author

Contributing Authors

Foreword Contributor


Foreword v 1.0

Chapter 1: Introduction to WarDriving and Penetration Testing



The Origins of WarDriving

Tools of the Trade or “What Do I Need?”

Putting It All Together

Penetration Testing

Tools for Penetration Testing

Conclusion and What to Expect From this Book

Solutions Fast Track

Chapter 2: Understanding Antennas and Antenna Theory


Terminology and Jargon

Differences Between Antenna Types

Other RF Devices


Solutions Fast Track

Chapter 3: WarDriving With Handheld Devices and Direction Finding


WarDriving with a Sharp Zaurus

WarDriving with MiniStumbler

Direction Finding with a Handheld Device


Solutions Fast Track

Chapter 4: WarDriving and Penetration Testing with Windows


WarDriving with NetStumbler

Running NetStumbler

Wireless Penetration Testing with Windows


Solutions Fast Track

Chapter 5: WarDriving and Penetration Testing with Linux


Preparing Your System to WarDrive

WarDriving with Linux and Kismet

Wireless Penetration Testing Using Linux


Solutions Fast Track

Chapter 6: WarDriving and Wireless Penetration Testing with OS X


WarDriving with KisMAC

Penetration Testing with OS X

Other OS X Tools for WarDriving and WLAN Testing


Solutions Fast Track

Chapter 7: Wireless Penetration Testing Using a Bootable Linux Distribution


Core Technologies

Open Source Tools

Case Study

Further Information

Solutions Fast Track

Chapter 8: Mapping WarDrives


Using the Global Positioning System Daemon with Kismet

Configuring Kismet for Mapping

Mapping WarDrives with GPSMAP


Solutions Fast Track

Mapping WarDrives with GPSMap

Chapter 9: Using Man-in-the-Middle Attacks to Your Advantage


Hardware for the Attack—Antennas, Amps, WiFi Cards

Identify and Compromise the Target Access Point

The MITM Attack Laptop Configuration

Clone the Target Access Point and Begin the Attack


Solutions Fast Track

Chapter 10: Using Custom Firmware for Wireless Penetration Testing

Choices for Modifying the Firmware on a Wireless Access Point

Installing OpenWRT on a Linksys WRT54G

Configuring and Understanding the OpenWRT Network Interfaces

Installing and Managing Software Packages for OpenWRT

Enumeration and Scanning from the WRT54G

Installation and Configuration of a Kismet Drone

Installing Aircrack to Crack a WEP Key


Solutions Fast Track

Chapter 11: Wireless Video Testing


Wireless Video Technologies

Tools for Detection


Solutions Fast Track

Appendix A: Solutions Fast Track

Appendix B: Device Driver Auditing



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