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Kismet is an 802.11 layer 2 wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system. It will work with any wireless card which supports raw monitoring (rfmon) mode, and can sniff 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, and 802.11n traffic (device drivers permitting). It identifies networks by passively collecting packets and detecting standard named networks, detecting (and given time, decloaking) hidden networks, and inferring the presence of non-beaconing networks via data traffic.

Operating Systems

Recent releases

  •  19 Jan 2011 06:00

    Release Notes: GPS logging was added in PPI pcap files. A Ruby network API was added. Several Ruby clients were added, including a network card performance shootout tool. WPA migration mode detection was added. Initial minimal zigbee/802.15.4 plugin support was implemented. Packaging helper scripts were written. Per-capture source per-network signal tracking was added. 802.11d handling, client preferences, mac80211 card configuration, and XML logging were fixed.

    •  13 Jul 2010 06:12

      Release Notes: Bugfixes to TCP Async handling and capture IPC, workarounds for broken ncurses on some installs, new no-data options to prevent any logging or processing of data packets, and zero-priv drone-only operation.

      •  12 Jan 2010 05:15

        Release Notes: A new active Bluetooth scanning plugin, support for new GPSD protocols, UI improvements, and multiple bugfixes including GPS logic, segfaults in plugins, and CPU-eating bugs on reconnecting to servers.

        •  30 Nov 2009 06:57

          Release Notes: Many bugs were fixed, including logfile and XML corruption fixes, problems with support for wireless API changes in Snow Leopard, terminal resizing bugs, bugs with the autowep key guessing plugin, and bugs in plugin support on Mac OS X. This release also includes enhancements to the plugin API and an improved kismet-ptw plugin.

          •  24 Jun 2009 19:08

            Release Notes: This release drops the "candidate" designation, and is the first full release of the Kismet-Newcore code. It includes a number of UI improvements (better network details, more mouse support, fixed color handling, and nework notes), multiple platform-specific fixes (OS X installation, Nokia ITT bugfixes, and BSD fixes), has improved source handling on Linux, de-cloaked SSID caching, and more.

            Recent comments

            10 Dec 2002 16:03 frisket

            kismet zaurus
            The cfg file appears to be missing from the 2.6.2
            distro (executing the kismet binary gives an error
            that the network type has not been set, and on
            inspection there was no cfg file to start with).

            Is this deliberate, and if so, is there a location where working sample cfg files can be obtained
            to get started?



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