Wifi security is a crucial aspect of protecting your online privacy and data. However, not all wifi networks are equally secure, and some may be vulnerable to attacks from hackers who can crack their encryption keys and access their traffic. One of the tools that can be used to perform such attacks is Wifite, a Python script that automates the process of cracking wifi passwords for multiple WEP, WPA, and WPS encrypted networks in a row.
Wifite was designed for use with pentesting distributions of Linux, such as Kali Linux, Pentoo, BackBox; any Linux distributions with wireless drivers patched for injection and promiscuous/monitor mode. Wifite must be run as root, as it requires access to the suite of programs from the aircrack-ng package, such as airmon-ng, airodump-ng, aireplay-ng, packetforge-ng, and aircrack-ng. Wifite also uses other programs, such as reaver, pyrit, tshark, and cowpatty, to enhance its functionality and speed up the cracking process.
Wifite has many features that make it a powerful and convenient tool for wireless auditing. Some of these features are:
It sorts targets by signal strength (in dB); cracks closest access points first.
It automatically de-authenticates clients of hidden networks to reveal SSIDs.
It has numerous filters to specify exactly what to attack (wep/wpa/both, above certain signal strengths, channels, etc).
It has customizable settings (timeouts, packets/sec, etc).
It has an "anonymous" feature; changes MAC to a random address before attacking, then changes back when attacks are complete.
It backs up all captured WPA handshakes to wifite.py's current directory.
It displays session summary at exit; shows any cracked keys.
It saves all passwords to cracked.txt.
To use Wifite, you need to download and execute the script from its GitHub repository[^1^]. You can also use the command wget https://raw.github.com/derv82/wifite/master/wifite.py to download it directly. Then you need to make it executable with chmod +x wifite.py and run it with ./wifite.py. You will see a list of available wifi networks in your range, and you can select which ones you want to attack by pressing their numbers or using filters. Wifite will then start capturing packets and attempting to crack the passwords using various methods, such as brute force, dictionary attack, or WPS pin attack. You can stop any attack with Ctrl+C, with options to continue, move onto next target, skip to cracking, or exit.
If Wifite successfully cracks a password, it will display it on the screen and save it to cracked.txt. You can also use other tools, such as hashcat or pyrit, to crack the captured handshakes offline using GPU power. For example, you can use the command hashcat -m 2500 -o cracked capturefile-01.hccapx wordlist.lst to brute force the captured file using a wordlist[^2^]. You can also use Wireshark to analyze the captured traffic and extract more information from it.
Wifite is a useful tool for testing the security of your own wifi network or performing ethical hacking on authorized networks. However, you should not use it for illegal or malicious purposes, as it may violate the law and ethics. You should also be aware of the risks involved in using Wifite, such as being detected by network administrators or other users, or exposing your own device to attacks. You should always use Wifite responsibly and ethically. aa16f39245