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USB wireless for Kismac and BackTrack on VMWare
Sep 23 2007 04:26AM
Toto (besakih gmail com)
Re: USB wireless for Kismac and BackTrack on VMWare
Sep 23 2007 03:32PM
ManInWhite (maninwhite tpg com au)
> Hello all,
> I currently using a MacBook and trying to use Kismac for some purposes.
> The problem is, native Wireless adapter from MacBook cannot be use in
> Kismac for passive mode.
This is not technically true. The development builds support passive
mode for the AirPort Extreme card in macbook, but do not support packet
> I also use VMWare on my MacBook to launch a Linux and also Windows OS.
I had no success trying to get a wireless card to detect in
You will not have a wireless environment in backtrack2 from a VM.
Backtrack2 liveCD does not work on any of the macbook models either
(Bootcamp/ReFit Boot). (it duplicates every keystroke.. irritating)
Somewhat related is that most of the nmap scan techniques no longer work
with latest 10.4.10 apple wireless drivers. [getinterfaces: Failed to
obtain MAC address for ethernet interface (fw0) error].
> I am looking for wireless adapter which can be used for Wireless
> Penetration Testing on MacBook (Using Kismac) and also used in Linux and
> Windows (For Wireless Pentest also). Since Linux and Windows is on
> VMWare, the adapter should be USB based and able to monitor and inject
> wireless packet (like prism2 or atheros based chipset).
I have had some success with kismac and an Ashton Digital WRUB-2011i
(Prism2 USB) on my macbook.
I bought it from ebay about a year ago for $10USD.
The only issue is that like most 802.11b adapters it only supports WEP,
so its basically useless for anything other than
capturing weak frames at b speeds.
The kismac trac also has a good Hardware Compatibility table, so if you
can find a cheap prism2 usb card check that list first, but it will only
> If you have any experience for such of product, please share the
I also had a working gentoo install (installed with ReFit/Bootcamp) and
did have kismet working. I think i was using the madwifi driver.
I remember that system performance was very much worse than osx
but this was at a time when macbook hardware was quite unsupported in linux.
* Try Ashton Digital 802.11b adapter with kismac.
* IMHO Apple Macbook is not a great pentesting platform.
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