Cracking WEP with Kali Linux tutorial (Verbal step by step)

How to Break WEP Encryption

Breaking any encryption coding or codes involves knowing a few things. First, you have to know that there is an encryption scheme. Secondly, you must know how encryption works. Breaking any code manually is near impossible; luckily, you can break the WEP encryption if you use a packet-sniffing program.


  1. Use Linux.Windows cannot sniff WEP packets, but you can use a bootable CD of Linux.
  2. Get a packet-sniffing program.Backtrack is a commonly-used option. Download the iso image and burn it on a bootable CD/DVD.
  3. Boot Linux and Backtrack.Use your bootable CD/DVDs.
    • Note that this operating system is not required to be installed on hard drive. That means whenever you shutdown the Backtrack, all your data will be lost.
  4. Select a start-up option.The following Backtrack screen will show after booting. Change the option with the up and down arrow keys and select one. This tutorial will use the first option.
  5. Load the graphical interface via command base.In this option, Backtrack is started on command base. Type command: startx to continue.
  6. Click on terminal button at the bottom left.It'll be the fifth option.
  7. Wait for the Linux command terminal to open.
  8. View your WLAN type.Enter the following command: "airmon-ng" (without quotes). You should see something like wlan0 beneath Interface.
  9. Get all the required information for the access point.Enter the following command: "airodump-ng wlan0" (without quotes). You should get three things:
    • BSSID
    • Channel
    • ESSID (AP Name)
    • Here's what the tutorial case turned up:
      • BSSID 00:17:3F:76:36:6E
      • Channel number 1
      • ESSID(AP Name)Suleman
  10. Enter the following command.This one will use the example information above, but you should plug in your own. Command: "airodump-ng -w wep -c 1 -- bssid 00:17:3F:76:36:6E wlan0" (without quotes).
  11. Allow setup to start.
  12. Open a new terminal window.Type the following command, substituting the values for your own BSSID, Channel and ESSID. Command: "aireplay-ng -1 0 –a 00:17:3f:76:36:6E wlan0" (without quotes).
  13. Open another new terminal window.Type the following command: "aireplay-ng -3 –b 00:17:3f:76:36:6e wlan0" (without quotes).
  14. Allow setup to start.
  15. Go back to the first terminal window.
  16. Allow the data in this window to reach to 30000 or above.It will take 15 to 60 minutes (or more) depending on wireless signal, hardware and load on access point.
  17. Go to the third terminal window and press Ctrl + c.
  18. Pull up the directories.Type the following command: "dir" (without quotes). This will show the directories saved on it during decrypting.
  19. Use a cap file.For the example, it would be the following: "aircrack-ng web-02.cap" (without quotes). The setup shown below will start.
  20. Break the WEP encrypted key.After this setup completes, you'll be able to break the key. In this example, it was {ADA2D18D2E}.

Community Q&A

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    Can you use this on Kali Linux 2.0?
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  • Question
    I want hack my school WiFi but I don't have a computer. What should I do?
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    Go to the computer lab or sneak your phone into the school and make sure you have a packet-sniffing app.
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  • Laws concerning network security can differ from place to place. Make sure you know everything you need to know and be prepared to face the consequences of your actions while attempting this.
  • Many sniffing programs such as Wireshark (formerly known as Ethereal), as well as Airsnort and Kismet, are available as source code. You will need some background in compiling source code for Linux or Windows to use Airsnort or Kismet. Wireshark/Ethereal comes with an installer or you can download the source code.
  • If you get an error saying that your current network card is busy, try the command "airmon-ng wlan0" (without quotes) and then repeat the commands in this guide using mon0 in place of wlan0 every time.
  • You will probably be able to find already compiled versions of most programs you will need.
  • Backtrack linux is now renamed and distributed as Kali linux. It can be downloaded from


  • You need a specific wifi card that is compatible with the programs you are using
  • Always be careful of who your target is. It's not smart to walk into your local McDonalds and try to crack their net. The chances of you getting caught increase tenfold.
  • This information is to be used ethically. Misuse of this information may be illegal both locally and federally.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer Background
  • Working Wireless Card
  • Bootable Linux CD/DVD
  • Packet sniffing program

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