Aircrack 101 - How to get the password of a WEP/WPA2 session captured in Wireshark


  • sudo apt install aircrack-ng
  • Some wordlists/dictionaries. Kali Linux has already some of them.

WiFi handshakes 101

Introduction from @evilsocket’s Pwnagotchi:

Dictionary-based attack

In order to test a PCAP with a given dictionary:

aircrack-ng -w <wordlist> <wireshark_file>

You have several dictionaries and sample PCAPs extracted from a Kali distro here:

One of them should work with a short dictionary. Find it 😉

Wireshark captures

Lots of sample captures are available of Wireshark Gitlab: