Russian software firm ElcomSoft Co. Ltd., makers of several password and encryption cracking products, today released Wireless Security Auditor, a wireless key “recovery” solution for Wi-Fi networks.
Designed to be an all-in-one wireless cracking solution, the company claims that the software can automatically locate wireless networks, intercept data packets, and crack WPA/WPA2 PSK passwords.
The sniffer requires the use of a dedicated Wi-Fi adapter, and the company recommends laptops with ATI or NVIDIA discrete graphics in order to enable ElcomSoft GPU acceleration. The tool essentially turns any modern laptop with discrete graphics into a mobile wireless security hacking system, and anyone – good or bad — with access to protected wireless networks.
The software displays all available wireless networks complete with channel numbers, MAC-addresses, SSID, speed, load and encryption parameters. The sniffer connects to a selected Wi-Fi network, and logs wireless traffic complete with “handshake” packets required to start the password recovery attack.
With the increased security requirements found in WPA/WPA2 protected networks, the software utilizes high-performance dictionary-attacks with advanced mutations to allow carrying out password attacks quickly.
The wireless cracking tool employs ElcomSoft GPU acceleration technologies, using the massively parallel GPU units of modern ATI and NVIDIA graphic accelerators to perform computational-intensive calculations.
Other solutions are available and the ElcomSoft solution doesn’t offer much more than can be found with other open source tools but, once again, they provide this in an easy to use, more polished product available to the masses.