Wifi Pumpkin – Wifi Security Audit Framework

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Wifi Pumpkin is a security audit framework used to test the security of wifi against threats like man in the middle attacks. The tool creates fake access points to utilise MITM attacks on the wifi networks.  The tool is capable of utilising cyber-attacks, such as by creating fake/rogue access points, de-authenticating clients from access points, DHCP starvation attacks, Windows updates attacks, Karma attacks, DNS spoofing, and ARP poisoning. Moreover, Wifi Pumpkin is capable of phishing, credentials monitoring, and capturing images on the fly.

Wifi Pumpkin Installation

wifi Pumpkin tool cloning

Wifi Pumpkin is supported by Kali Linux, Parrot OS, Pentoo, and Ubunto. Wifi Pumkin can be installed by cloning the framework from github and running the installer  as shown in the following commands.

git clone https://github.com/P0cL4bs/WiFi-Pumpkin.git
cd WiFi-Pumpkin
chmod +x installer.sh
sudo ./installer.sh --install

Wifi Pumpkin requires the following software to operate.

  • hostapd
  • isc-dhcp-server
  • php5-cli
  • rfkill
  • iptables
  • Nmcli

Isc-dhcp-server and php5-cli are optional. The dependencies can be installed by running the requirements.txt file as follows.

pip install –r requirements.txt

How Wifi Pumpkin Works

wifi pumpkin installation

Wifi Pumpkin can be used in many ways. For demonstration purpose, we are going to create a rogue access point where anybody can connect without requiring any credentials. Wifi Pumpkin requires Ethernet and wifi adapter to make wifi access point. Run the following command to check the available wifi interface.

iwconfig

In most of the cases, it is wlan0.  The next step is to launch the Wifi Pumpkin. Run the following command to open the Wifi Pumpkin interface.

wifi-pumpkin

If that does not work, run the same command with sudo option i-e

sudo wifi-pumpkin

Once the Wifi Pumpkin interface is opened, go to plugins tab to select the desired plugins for auditing or simulating the wifi attack.

wifi pumpkin plugins

The next step is to configure the access point from the settings tab. The settings tab offers different configurations to adapt, such as Access Point setting (configuring SSID and BSSID, choosing the network adapter), activity monitor setting, and DHCP setting. In the settings tab, there is an option of enabling the wireless security. Keep it unchecked for creating rogue access point without any credentials.

wifi pumpkin ap settings

After the settings are complete, hit the start button to allow the access point to broadcast the free wifi in the vicinity.  Wifi Pumpkin has an activity monitoring window that captures all the traffic of the users who are connected with the rogue access point.

What Bunny rating does it get?

Wifi Pumpkin is a decent penetration testing framework that can easily simulate wifi attacks for security assessments. The GUI interface makes the framework usage less technical. As a result we will be awarding this tool a rating of 4 out of 5 bunnies.

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Adil Adeel

I am a cyber-security enthusiast with the focus on network security, cloud security, data-driven security, and advanced cryptography. Contact me at [email protected]

Adil Adeel

I am a cyber-security enthusiast with the focus on network security, cloud security, data-driven security, and advanced cryptography. Contact me at [email protected]

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