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Kismet

Kismet

Kismet is an 802.11 layer2 wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system.

Kismet will work with any wireless card which supports raw monitoring (rfmon) mode, and can sniff 802.11b, 802.11a, and 802.11g traffic.

Kismet identifies networks by passively collecting packets and detecting standard named networks, detecting (and given time, decloaking) hidden networks, and infering the presence of nonbeaconing networks via data traffic.

Common applications Kismet is useful for:

  • Wardriving: Mobile detection of wireless networks, logging and mapping of network location, WEP, etc
  • Site survey: Monitoring and graphing signal strength and location
  • Distributed IDS: Multiple Remote Drone sniffers distributed throughout an installation monitored by a single server, possibly combined with a layer3 IDS like Snort
  • Rogue AP Detection: Stationary or mobile sniffers to enforce site policy against rogue access points

 Kismet

License
GNU GPL

Developer
Mike Kershaw

Website
www.kismetwireless.net

Requirements
Libpcap
GPSD
Imagemagick
Expat
GMP

Optional:
DBUS

Support:
Kismet Documentation
Forums

Selected Reviews:

Features include:

  • Ethereal/Tcpdump compatible data logging
  • Airsnort compatible weak-iv packet logging
  • Network IP range detection
  • Built-in channel hopping and multicard split channel hopping
  • Hidden network SSID decloaking
  • Graphical mapping of networks
  • Client/Server architecture allows multiple clients to view a single Kismet server simultaneously
  • Manufacturer and model identification of access points and clients
  • Detection of known default access point configurations
  • Runtime decoding of WEP packets for known networks
  • Named pipe output for integration with other tools, such as a layer3 IDS like Snort
  • Multiplexing of multiple simultaneous capture sources on a single Kismet instance
  • Distributed remote drone sniffing
  • XML output
  • Over 20 supported card types

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