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coWPAtty and Genpmk Cracking WPA & WPA2

Penetration Testing With Kali Linux Tools – CowPatty and Genpmk

Speed Cracking WPA & WPA2 With CowPatty and Genpmk on Kali Linux

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As part of our series on Wireless Penetration Testing with Kali Linux, we want to demonstrate another excellent tool for cracking WPA/WPA2-PSK passwords. In this tutorial we will use a tool developed by wireless security researcher Josha Wright called coWPAtty and his combination with Genpmk for a pre-computed hash file.



CoWPAtty – Kali Linux Tools

Cowpatty simplifies and speeds up the dictionary/hybrid attack against WPA2 passwords. Implementation of an offline dictionary attack against WPA/WPA2 networks using PSK-based authentication (WPA-Personal).


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Many enterprise networks deploy PSK-based authentication mechanisms for WPA/WPA2 since it is much easier than establishing the necessary RADIUS, supplicant and certificate authority architecture needed for WPA-Enterprise authentication. Cowpatty can implement an accelerated attack if a precomputed PMK file is available for the SSID that is being assessed.




How To Use Cowpatty and Genpmk on Kali Linux

The following video will show a demonstration of cracking WPA/WPA2 using Cowpatty and Genpmk on Kali Linux :



Keep coming back for more on Wi-Fi hacking and other hacking techniques! Haven’t seen the other Wi-Fi hacking guides yet? Check them out here. If you have questions on any of this, please ask them in the comments below.


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