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WPA2 PSK Cracking

wifi-security-personal-networks-offline | Level: Easy  | Total Lab Runs: 0 | Free Lab

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WPA2-PSK is more robust from a security standpoint than WPA-PSK. However, it is also susceptible to dictionary/bruteforce attacks just like WPA-PSK. Unfortunately, the standard did not address the problem if users choosing weak passphrases. 


The challenge PCAP can be found in the home folder of the user. It contains traffic from a WPA2-PSK secured SSID "SecurityTube". The objective is simple - launch a cracking attack and recover the pre-shared passphrase used.

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1. Pre-Shared Passphrase

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