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Kali Linux Wireless Penetration Testing Essentials by Marco Alamanni

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Wireless scanning with Kismet

Kismet is a powerful passive scanner available for different platforms and is installed by default on Kali. It is not simply a scanner, but also a wireless frame analysis and intrusion detection tool.

Kismet is composed of two main processes: kismet_server and kismet_client. The kismet_server component does the job of capturing, logging, and decoding wireless frames. Its configuration file is kismet.conf and it is located at /etc/kismet/ on Kali Linux. The kismet_client frontend is a ncurses-based interface that displays the detected APs, statistics, and network details. To run it, we type kismet on the command line or navigate to Kali Linux | Wireless Attacks | 802.11 Wireless Tools | Kismet from the Application

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