Sunday, February 5, 2012

wifite - WEP/WPA Password Cracker for BT4


designed for Backtrack4 distribution of Ubuntu; works great with BlackBuntu! Linux only; no windows or osx support.



to attack multiple WEP and WPA encrypted networks at the same time. this tool is customizable to be automated with only a few arguments. wifite can be trusted to run without supervision.  


  • this project is available in French: all thanks goto Matt² for his excellent translation!
  • sorts targets by power (in dB); cracks closest access points first
  • automatically deauths clients of hidden networks to decloak SSIDs
  • numerous filters to specify exactly what to attack (wep/wpa/both, above certain signal strengths, channels, etc)
  • customizable settings (timeouts, packets/sec, channel, change mac address, ignore fake-auth, etc)
  • "anonymous" feature; changes MAC to a random address before attacking, then changes back when attacks are complete
  • all WPA handshakes are backed up to's current directory
  • smart WPA deauthentication -- cycles between all clients and broadcast deauths
  • stop any attack with Ctrl+C -- options: continue, move onto next target, skip to cracking, or exit
  • switching WEP attack methods does not reset IVs
  • intel 4965 chipset fake-authentication support; uses wpa_supplicant workaround
  • SKA support (untested)
  • displays session summary at exit; shows any cracked keys
  • all passwords saved to log.txt
  • built-in updater: ./ -upgrade


  • linux operating system (confirmed working on Ubuntu 8.10 (BT4R1), Ubuntu 10.04.1)
  • tested working with python 2.4.5 and python 2.5.2; might be compatible with other versions,
  • wireless drivers patched for monitor mode and injection: backtrack4 has many pre-patched drivers,
  • aircrack-ng (v1.1) suite: available via apt: apt-get install aircrack-ng or by clicking here,
  • xterm, python-tk module: required for GUI, available via apt: apt-get install python-tk
  • macchanger: also available via apt: apt-get install macchanger
  • pyrit: not required, optionally strips wpa handshake from .cap files


download the latest version:
wget -O
change permissions to executable:
chmod +x
or, to see a list of commands with info:
./ -help


console mode:

gui mode (default):

video tutorial

capturing WPA handshake using Wifite (and then cracking with oclHashCat).


video credit: Maurizio Schmidt


the program contains lots of interactivity (waits for user input). these command-line options are meant to make the program 100% automated -- no supervision required.
to crack all WEP access points:
./ -all -nowpa
to crack all WEP access points with signal strength greater than (or equal to) 50dB:
./ -p 50 -nowpa
to attack all access points, use 'darkc0de.lst' for cracking WPA handshakes:
./ -all --dict /pentest/passwords/wordlists/darkc0de.lst
to attack all WPA access points, but do not try to crack -- any captured handshakes are saved automatically:
./ -all -nowpa --dict none
to crack all WEP access points greater than 50dB in strength, giving 15 minutes for each WEP attack method, and send packets at 600 packets/sec:
./ --power 50 -wepw 15 -pps 600
to attempt to crack WEP-encrypted access point "2WIRE752" endlessly -- program will not stop until key is cracked or user interrrupts with ^C):
./ -e "2WIRE752" -wepw 0


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