Kismet Package Description

Kismet is an 802.11 layer-2 wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system. It will work with any wireless card that supports raw monitoring (rfmon) mode, and can sniff 802.11a/b/g/n traffic. It can use other programs to play audio alarms for network events, read out network summaries, or provide GPS coordinates. This is the main package containing the core, client, and server.

Kismet Homepage | Kali Kismet Repo

  • Author: Mike Kershaw
  • License: GPLv2

Tools included in the kismet package

kismet_server – The Kismet server component
root@kali:~# kismet_server -h
Usage: kismet_server [OPTION]
Nearly all of these options are run-time overrides for values in the
kismet.conf configuration file.  Permanent changes should be made to
the configuration file.
 *** Generic Options ***
 -v, --version                Show version
 -f, --config-file <file>     Use alternate configuration file
     --no-line-wrap           Turn of linewrapping of output
                              (for grep, speed, etc)
 -s, --silent                 Turn off stdout output after setup phase
     --daemonize              Spawn detatched in the background
     --no-plugins             Do not load plugins
     --no-root                Do not start the kismet_capture binary
                               when not running as root.  For no-priv
                               remote capture ONLY.

 *** Kismet Client/Server Options ***
 -l, --server-listen          Override Kismet server listen options

 *** Kismet Remote Drone Options ***
     --drone-listen           Override Kismet drone listen options

 *** Dump/Logging Options ***
 -T, --log-types <types>      Override activated log types
 -t, --log-title <title>      Override default log title
 -p, --log-prefix <prefix>    Directory to store log files
 -n, --no-logging             Disable logging entirely

 *** Packet Capture Source Options ***
 -c, --capture-source         Specify a new packet capture source
                              (Identical syntax to the config file)
 -C, --enable-capture-sources Enable capture sources (comma-separated
                              list of names or interfaces)

 *** Kismet Net Tracking Options ***
     --filter-tracker         Tracker filtering

 *** Kismet GPS Options ***
     --use-gpsd-gps (h:p)     Use GPSD-controlled GPS at host:port
                              (default: localhost:2947)
     --use-nmea-gps (dev)     Use local NMEA serial GPS on device
                              (default: /dev/ttyUSB0)
     --use-virtual-gps
                (lat,lon,alt) Use a virtual fixed-position gps record
     --gps-modelock <t:f>     Force broken GPS units to act as if they
                              have a valid signal (true/false)
     --gps-reconnect <t:f>    Reconnect if a GPS device fails
                              (true/false)

kismet_client – The Kismet client component

root@kali:~# kismet_client -h
Usage: kismet_client [OPTION]
 *** Generic Options ***
 -h, --help                   The obvious

kismet_capture – Meant to be run inside the Kismet IPC framework

Meant to be run inside the Kismet IPC framework.

kismet_drone – The Kismet drone component
root@kali:~# kismet_drone -h
Usage: kismet_drone [OPTION]
Nearly all of these options are run-time overrides for values in the
kismet.conf configuration file.  Permanent changes should be made to
the configuration file.
 *** Generic Options ***
 -f, --config-file            Use alternate configuration file
     --no-line-wrap           Turn of linewrapping of output
                              (for grep, speed, etc)
 -s, --silent                 Turn off stdout output after setup phase
     --daemonize              Spawn detatched in the background

 *** Kismet Remote Drone Options ***
     --drone-listen           Override Kismet drone listen options

 *** Packet Capture Source Options ***
 -c, --capture-source         Specify a new packet capture source
                              (Identical syntax to the config file)
 -C, --enable-capture-sources Enable capture sources (comma-separated
                              list of names or interfaces)

kismet – The main Kismet launcher

root@kali:~# kismet -h
Usage: /usr/bin/kismet_server [OPTION]
Nearly all of these options are run-time overrides for values in the
kismet.conf configuration file.  Permanent changes should be made to
the configuration file.
 *** Generic Options ***
 -v, --version                Show version
 -f, --config-file <file>     Use alternate configuration file
     --no-line-wrap           Turn of linewrapping of output
                              (for grep, speed, etc)
 -s, --silent                 Turn off stdout output after setup phase
     --daemonize              Spawn detatched in the background
     --no-plugins             Do not load plugins
     --no-root                Do not start the kismet_capture binary
                               when not running as root.  For no-priv
                               remote capture ONLY.

 *** Kismet Client/Server Options ***
 -l, --server-listen          Override Kismet server listen options

 *** Kismet Remote Drone Options ***
     --drone-listen           Override Kismet drone listen options

 *** Dump/Logging Options ***
 -T, --log-types <types>      Override activated log types
 -t, --log-title <title>      Override default log title
 -p, --log-prefix <prefix>    Directory to store log files
 -n, --no-logging             Disable logging entirely

 *** Packet Capture Source Options ***
 -c, --capture-source         Specify a new packet capture source
                              (Identical syntax to the config file)
 -C, --enable-capture-sources Enable capture sources (comma-separated
                              list of names or interfaces)

 *** Kismet Net Tracking Options ***
     --filter-tracker         Tracker filtering

 *** Kismet GPS Options ***
     --use-gpsd-gps (h:p)     Use GPSD-controlled GPS at host:port
                              (default: localhost:2947)
     --use-nmea-gps (dev)     Use local NMEA serial GPS on device
                              (default: /dev/ttyUSB0)
     --use-virtual-gps
                (lat,lon,alt) Use a virtual fixed-position gps record
     --gps-modelock <t:f>     Force broken GPS units to act as if they
                              have a valid signal (true/false)
     --gps-reconnect <t:f>    Reconnect if a GPS device fails
                              (true/false)

kismet_server Usage Example

Start the Kismet server, using the wireless interface as the capture source (-c wlan0) and use the external GPSD option (–use-gpsd-gps):

root@kali:~# kismet_server -c wlan0 --use-gpsd-gps
ERROR: Kismet was started as root, NOT launching external control binary.  
       This is NOT the preferred method of starting Kismet as Kismet will
       continue to run as root the entire time.  Please read the README
       file section about Installation & Security and be sure this is what
       you want to do.
INFO: Reading from config file /etc/kismet/kismet.conf
INFO: No 'dronelisten' config line and no command line drone-listen
      argument given, Kismet drone server will not be enabled.
INFO: Created alert tracker...
INFO: Creating device tracker...
INFO: Registered 80211 PHY as id

kismet Usage Example

root@kali:~# kismet

kismet

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