Sunday, March 09, 2008

British Mosquito

Top Gear and the British Mosquito

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Interesting Cisco TAC Case

I'm entering a new TAC case in for a toasty 4500 today and I find the options a bit odd...

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

iPhone insanity!

Everyone who knows me knows that I am a big fan of technology and I usually buy a lot of cool new swanky stuff as soon as I can afford to. This guy however takes the cake. I'm pretty sure he's got to be one of the biggest squatters I've ever seen...literally. I have a feeling if you followed him around after his purchase, that the first thing he'd do was to sell the iPhone on ebay for top dollar. I've got the willies now after having looked at this for too long so...I'm going to go vomit now.

* Update *
Additional drama for the crazy man waiting for his iPhone
More iPhone craziness!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

A common site this weekend

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Cracking WEP via aircrack-ng

First, lots of credit needs to be given to the creators of madwifi-ng and aircrack-ng. These guys seem to have it all together and actually answer their trouble ticket problems when users send in questions. Now that isn't very often seen in open source projects and shows their level of support and commitment.

How to get at it...well I'll outline my setup and you can go from here if you'd like.

Dell Latitude D820 Core Duo T2600
3com 3cRPAG175 (A/B/G wireless with "XJACK" antenna)
Ubuntu Dapper Drake 2.6.15-26-686

First thing is to grab the relevant packages and enable your good repos if you are using Ubuntu. Enable the restricted packages in synaptics or manually edit your /etc/apt/sources.list file.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install aircrack
sudo apt-get install kismet (if you'd like it)
sudo apt-get install linux-source
sudo apt-get install linux-headers
sudo apt-get install sharutils

For those running other platforms, usually just google the package name and find the source and compile it manually. Also note that some of the packages will not compile right away and may need the -dev edition of your packages if it squaks about the packages being incomplete or missing parts in the config or make steps.

In general the commands to compile will be as follows

tar -xzf filename.tar.gz
cd filename
sudo make install

check your binaries and make sure they went in properly by trying out the commands at a blank example

sudo aircrack-ng

It should prompt you with the usage of the aircrack-ng and it's arguements.

Next up drivers. Your wireless card must support some of the hackable driver sets. I have an Atheros card, and it uses the madwifi driver. NOTE TO ALL UBUNTU USERS. Madwifi-ng is not included with the current restricted modules of ubuntu. The drivers that come with Ubuntu are very ancient and do not support all the card or the software that you will like to use.

Next in my case I had to disable APCI support because there seems to be a bug that doesn't let the card be properly detected. So...

sudo /etc/init.d/apci-support stop

Next to remove the old modules from the restricted modules section...

sudo rm -rf /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/net
sudo rm -rf /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/madwifi
sudo rm -rf /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/madwifi-ng

Compile the madwifi-ng drivers in your home directory or wherever you'd like...

cd ~/madwifi-ng
sudo make clean
sudo make install

Insert your card and try it out.


Check for ath0 and wifi0 as interfaces in the ifconfig and the wlanconfig. Dmesg look for the card being probed. lsmod look for the ath_pci being inserted with ath_hal and wlan.

I'm going to assume your drivers are up and running.

So we edit our kismet config to search with the wifi0 dev interface.

sudo gedit /etc/kismet/kismet.conf

change the line for source to

Start scanning by descending into a directory which you have rights to read and write into...

cd ~/
sudo kismet

It should fire up kismet without fail.

More will come in my next post. I'm tired and this has been a very testing experience....even writing a blog about it is mighty time consuming.