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BackTrack 5 Wireless Penetration Testing Beginner's Guide [Paperback]

Vivek Ramachandran
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September 9, 2011 1849515581 978-1849515580
Written in Packt's Beginner's Guide format, you can easily grasp the concepts and understand the techniques to perform wireless attacks in your lab. Every new attack is described in the form of a lab exercise with rich illustrations of all the steps associated. You will practically implement various attacks as you go along. If you are an IT security professional or a security consultant who wants to get started with wireless testing with Backtrack, or just plain inquisitive about wireless security and hacking, then this book is for you. The book assumes that you have familiarity with Backtrack and basic wireless concepts.

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About the Author

Vivek Ramachandran

Vivek Ramachandran is a world renowned security researcher and evangelist. He is the discoverer of the wireless "Caffe Latte Attack" and has delivered presentations in world renowned Information Security conferences such as Defcon and Toorcon in the US. His discoveries and talks have been widely quoted by the International media including - BBC Online, Network World, The Register, Mac World, Computer Online and others.

In 2006, Microsoft declared Vivek as one of the winners of the Microsoft Security Shootout Contest held in India among an estimated 65,000 participants. In 2005, he was awarded a team achievement award by Cisco Systems for his work in the 802.1x and Port Security modules.

He is well known in the hacking and security community as the founder of SecurityTube.net , a free video based computer security education portal which gets an estimated 100,000 monthly visitors.

Vivek is also an accomplished trainer and travels around the world conducting workshops and training sessions for corporates and students. He holds a degree in B.Tech from IIT Guwahati and acts as an advisor to the computer science department's Security Lab.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (September 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849515581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849515580
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Tutorial on Backtrack 5 and Its Tools September 26, 2011
By Seth
Format:Paperback
An amazing book. This one wastes no time with a long pre-amble or justifying why you'd need to know how to pen-test; it just tells you what you need to know. You're sniffing wireless traffic right from the start, injecting packets by page 40 or so, and then you're off spoofing MAC addreses, cracking WPA (even shared authentication), and doing man-in-the-middle attacks.

This is not a book that explains a lot of theory and then expects you to figure out how to apply it. It's a finely-tuned set of clear, intentional tutorials that explains how to use the tools, how to get results, and then explains what happened and why. It covers some of the basics (like ifconfig, iwconfig, ping, and a little bit about packet specifications), and then moves on to the heavy-lifters like airmon, aireplay, airodump, wireshark, and others.

While all of these tools have tutorials and manuals online, the way they work together is seldomly explained, and even more rarely are they explained with the clarity and focus of this book. The situations the book covers are realistic wireless network setups that you'll find at businesses, cafes, and homes. There are screenshots on nearly everypage, so it doesn't just explain what to do - it actually shows you.

If you're completely new to pen-testing, this book is where you should start. You should try to learn at least a little bit of Linux before delving into this (but you should be learning that anyway) but this book doesn't assume that you are a pro. It guides you through all of the basic essentials, such as setting up a pen-testing lab environment (configuring your access point, making sure your wireless card is open enough to be configured, and so on), and even how to install Backtrack Linux itself.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book to master Wi-Fi Kung Fu October 31, 2011
Format:Paperback
Disclaimer: I have received this book from the publisher for special review. And author is good friend of mine. However the review remains genuine and unbiased.

This book is highly technical & written completely from practical perspective. To get the best out of this book you need to parallely follow it up with your own setup as shown in first chapter. And at the end of it, there will be one more Wi-Fi ninja in the air.

Here is the complete chapter by chapter review,

First chapter starts with the famous line from `Abraham Lincoln' pressing on the importance of setting up the play ground,

"If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six hours sharpening my axe."

It lists both hardware/software requirements with 2 Wi-Fi enabled laptops, one injectible Wi-Fi card (Alfa AWUS036H) & a access point. Some more listing of alternative injectible Wi-Fi cards would have been better though. It is often difficult to get the right one especially for those who are outside USA/UK. In my initial days of wardriving, I remember waiting for entire year to get my first injectible USB dongle. And without the right card, you are on the back foot as you can't perform most of the attacks.

Remaining portion of first chapter shows how to install BackTrack, Setting up access point and wireless cards in detail with screenshots. Next one explains in brief about wireless frames and shows how to capture the Wi-Fi packets in the air and inject your own packets using Alfa card.

It goes more interesting with chapter 3 showing how to bypass various wireless security restrictions such as hidden SSIDs, defeating MAC filters, bypassing WEP authentication etc. Next it shows how to really crack those 128 bit WEP keys using aircrack-ng tool.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected March 31, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was very disappointed with the content of this book, and in some cases that was my fault for having incorrect expectations about the content, and other times it was the book's fault (blame can be spread to the author, proofreader, etc.). I had expected theory based coverage of many of the tools present in the Backtrack distribution, along with examples of what they exploit and how to implement them. What I got was coverage mostly of the aircrack suite (along with a few other tools supplementing it along the way) that was based largely upon copying the code that was on the page while changing a few variables. There is plenty of implementation of the attacks, but the space in the book could have been far better used.

As another reviewer pointed out, the pages regularly consist of 50-90% screenshots of commands being run and the resulting output. In general I think this is a good idea, as it lets the reader know exactly what the command should look like when it is typed in and what they should expect to see for output. This is taken to ridiculous extremes, such as when the author instructs to change the wireless protection on the AP, there are repeated screenshots of his setup. Maybe the first one had purpose, but showing it every time is just padding.

And for as little content I feel was covered in the book, there sure was a lot of padding, and I mean beyond the "make sure packets are being collected by running Wireshark" with an accompanying picture of a Wireshark capture (repeatedly).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 4 days ago by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Very efficient!
Very clever approach to cracking tools. Well, this "beginner" has to have some knowledge... But I could test all startegies and they work.
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST
First I know about wireless hacking test
But I bought this book to increase my knowledge
very good tips and the examples are GREAT
Published 4 months ago by HMJ
3.0 out of 5 stars Only useful if you *already* have basic knowledge
If you don't already understand topics like the OSI layers, TCP/IP, etc. then this tutorial guide (more so than a book) will not be very useful. Read more
Published 6 months ago by cosmosjunk
4.0 out of 5 stars Time for some action
well writen. If any one can not follow this book, then you cannot follow directions. I bought the hardware as directed, but added my own twist to make this book work for me and my... Read more
Published 8 months ago by EXCELLENT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Must read for anyone interested in pen-testing wifi or...
I've read this book at least 3 times! If you're new to Backtrack 5 and the Aircrack suite of tools then you must read this book. It's great for beginners and intermediates. Read more
Published 9 months ago by fwguru
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book
Everything you need to know about basic wireless hacking and even a small few advanced topics on the subject. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Keith Garrett Brandenburg
3.0 out of 5 stars It a good starting point
Could of used more of the latest tech on breaking wpa2....anyone can break wep and with a little training wpa... no mention of subterfuge or laterst techniques used
Published 10 months ago by JMS
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Does what it sets out to do and is clearly aimed at those beginning to play with Wireless. Also useful as a reminder when you get a touch rusty with some of the attacks.
Published 13 months ago by Tapper
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginner's Guide
Certainly a beginner's guide, but it does cover the subject matter at an understandable level with adequate examples and exercises. Read more
Published 14 months ago by E. Truitt
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