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Old 09-04-2004, 03:23 PM   #1
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kismet failing to start - prism54 Netgearwg511


i've searching around for problems with kismet on this forum, and people haven't had their questions answered (well.. some), so am I allowed to post problems with kismet? Just a side question..

anyway my main problem is that i can't get kismet to start.. I'm using the NetGear WG511 card with the prism54 drivers; it is eth1, and i'm using the newest stable kismet release (from april). Mandrake 10, kernel 2.6.3-7mdk. This is what i get:

[root@-computername- alex]# kismet
Server options:  none
Client options:  none
Starting server...
Waiting for server to start before startuing UI...
Will drop privs to alex (501) gid 501
No specific sources given to be enabled, all will be enabled.
Disabling channel hopping.
Source 0 (Kismet): Enabling monitor mode for prism54g source interface eth1 channel 4...
Source 0 (Kismet): Opening prism54g source interface eth1...
Spawned channelc control process 29837
Dropped privs to alex (501) gid 501
Allowing clients to fetch WEP keys.
Logging networks to /home/alex/kismet-logs/
Logging networks in CSV format to /home/alex/kismet-logs/KismetLog-Sep-04-2004-7.csv
Logging networks in XML format to /home/alex/kismet-logs/KismetLog-Sep-04-2004-7.xml
Logging cryptographically weak packets to /home/alex/kismet-logs/KismetLog-Sep-04-2004-7.weak
Logging cisco product information to /home/alex/kismet-logs/
Logging gps coordinates to /home/alex/kismet-logs/KismetLog-Sep-04-2004-7.gps
Logging data to /home/alex/kismet-logs/KismetLog-Sep-04-2004-7.dump
Writing data files to disk every 300 seconds.
Mangling encrypted and fuzzy data packets.
Tracking probe responses and associating probe networks.
Reading AP manufacturer data and defaults from /usr/local/etc/ap_manuf
Reading client manufacturer data and defaults from /usr/local/etc/client_manuf
Dump file format: wiretap (local code) dump
Crypt file format: airsnort (weak packet) dump
Kismet 2004.04.R1 (kernel)
Logging data networks CSV XML weak cisco gps
GPSD cannot connect: Connection refused
Listening on port 2501.
Allowing connections from
Failed to set up UI server: TcpServer bind() failed: Address already in use
Didn't detect any networks, unlinking network list.
Didn't detect any networks, unlinking CSV network list.
Didn't detect any networks, unlinking XML network list.
Didn't detect any Cisco Discovery Packets, unlinking cisco dump
Didn't capture any packets, unlinking dump file
Didn't see any weak encryption packets, unlinking weak file
Sending termination request to channel control child 29837...
Waiting for channel control child 29837 to exit...
WARNING: Error disabling monitor mode: Failed to set channel 0 5:Input/output error
WARNING: Kismet (eth1) left in an unknown state.  You may need to manually
         restart or reconfigure it for normal operation.
WARNING: Sometimes cards don't always come out of monitor mode
         cleanly.  If your card is not fully working, you may need to
         restart or reconfigure it for normal operation.
Kismet exiting.
this is my kismet.conf file in /usr/local/etc/:
# Kismet config file
# Most of the "static" configs have been moved to here -- the command line
# config was getting way too crowded and cryptic.  We want functionality,
# not continually reading --help!

# Version of Kismet config

# Name of server (Purely for organiational purposes)

# User to setid to (should be your normal user)

# Sources are defined as:
# source=cardtype,interface,name[,initialchannel]
# Card types and required drivers are listed in the README.
# The initial channel is optional, if hopping is not enabled it can be used
# to set the channel the interface listens on.
# Other common source configs:
# source=prism2,wlan0,prism2source
# source=prism2_avs,wlan0,newprism2source
# source=orinoco,eth0,orinocosource
# An example source line with an initial channel:
# source=orinoco,eth0,silver,11

# Comma-separated list of sources to enable.  This is only needed if you defined
# multiple sources and only want to enable some of them.  By default, all defined
# sources are enabled.
# For example:
# enablesources=prismsource,ciscosource

# Do we channelhop?

# How many channels per second do we hop?  (1-10)

# By setting the dwell time for channel hopping we override the channelvelocity
# setting above and dwell on each channel for the given number of seconds.

# Do we split channels between cards on the same spectrum?  This means if
# multiple 802.11b capture sources are defined, they will be offset to cover
# the most possible spectrum at a given time.  This also controls splitting
# fine-tuned sourcechannels lines which cover multiple interfaces (see below)

# Basic channel hopping control:
# These define the channels the cards hop through for various frequency ranges
# supported by Kismet.   More finegrain control is available via the
# "sourcechannels" configuration option.
# Don't change the IEEE80211<x> identifiers or channel hopping won't work.

# Users outside the US might want to use this list:
# defaultchannels=IEEE80211b:1,7,13,2,8,3,14,9,4,10,5,11,6,12

# 802.11g uses the same channels as 802.11b...

# 802.11a channels are non-overlapping so sequential is fine.  You may want to
# adjust the list depending on the channels your card actually supports.
# defaultchannels=IEEE80211a:36,40,44,48,52,56,60,64,100,104,108,112,116,120,124,128,132,136,140,149,153,157,161,184,188,192,196,200,204,208,212,216

# Combo cards like Atheros use both 'a' and 'b/g' channels.  Of course, you
# can also explicitly override a given source.  You can use the script
# extras/ to extract all the channels your card supports.

# Fine-tuning channel hopping control:
# The sourcechannels option can be used to set the channel hopping for
# specific interfaces, and to control what interfaces share a list of
# channels for split hopping.  This can also be used to easily lock
# one card on a single channel while hopping with other cards.
# Any card without a sourcechannel definition will use the standard hopping
# list.
# sourcechannels=sourcename[,sourcename]:ch1,ch2,ch3,...chN

# ie, for us channels on the source 'prism2source' (same as normal channel
# hopping behavior):
# sourcechannels=prism2source:1,6,11,2,7,3,8,4,9,5,10

# Given two capture sources, "prism2a" and "prism2b", we want prism2a to stay
# on channel 6 and prism2b to hop normally.  By not setting a sourcechannels
# line for prism2b, it will use the standard hopping.
# sourcechannels=prism2a:6

# To assign the same custom hop channel to multiple sources, or to split the
# same custom hop channel over two sources (if splitchannels is true), list
# them all on the same sourcechannels line:
# sourcechannels=prism2a,prism2b,prism2c:1,6,11

# Port to serve GUI data
# People allowed to connect, comma seperated IP addresses or network/mask
# blocks.  Netmasks can be expressed as dotted quad (/ or as
# numbers (/24)
# Maximum number of concurrent GUI's

# Do we have a GPS?
# Host:port that GPSD is running on.  This can be localhost OR remote!
# Do we lock the mode?  This overrides coordinates of lock "0", which will
# generate some bad information until you get a GPS lock, but it will
# fix problems with GPS units with broken NMEA that report lock 0

# Packet filtering options:
# filter_tracker - Packets filtered from the tracker are not processed or
#                  recorded in any way.
# filter_dump    - Packets filtered at the dump level are tracked, displayed,
#                  and written to the csv/xml/network/etc files, but not
#                  recorded in the packet dump
# filter_export  - Controls what packets influence the exported CSV, network,
#                  xml, gps, etc files.
# All filtering options take arguments containing the type of address and
# addresses to be filtered.  Valid address types are 'ANY', 'BSSID',
# 'SOURCE', and 'DEST'.  Filtering can be inverted by the use of '!' before
# the address.  For example,
# filter_tracker=ANY(!00:00:DE:AD:BE:EF)
# has the same effect as the previous mac_filter config file option.
# filter_tracker=...
# filter_dump=...
# filter_export=...

# Alerts to be reported and the throttling rates.
# alert=name,throttle/unit,burst
# The throttle/unit describes the number of alerts of this type that are
# sent per time unit.  Valid time units are second, minute, hour, and day.
# Burst describes the number of alerts sent before throttling takes place.
# For example:
# alert=FOO,10/min,5
# Would allow 5 alerts through before throttling is enabled, and will then
# limit the number of alerts to 10 per minute.
# A throttle rate of 0 disables throttling of the alert.
# See the README for a list of alert types.

# Known WEP keys to decrypt, bssid,hexkey.  This is only for networks where
# the keys are already known, and it may impact throughput on slower hardware.
# Multiple wepkey lines may be used for multiple BSSIDs.
# wepkey=00:DE:AD:C0:DE:00,FEEDFACEDEADBEEF01020304050607080900

# Is transmission of the keys to the client allowed?  This may be a security
# risk for some.  If you disable this, you will not be able to query keys from
# a client.

# How often (in seconds) do we write all our data files (0 to disable)

# Do we use sound?
# Not to be confused with GUI sound parameter, this controls wether or not the
# server itself will play sound.  Primarily for headless or automated systems.
# Path to sound player
# Optional parameters to pass to the player
# soundopts=--volume=.3
# New network found
# Wepped new network
# sound_new_wep=${prefix}/com/kismet/wav/new_wep_network.wav
# Network traffic sound
# Network junk traffic found
# GPS lock aquired sound
# sound_gpslock=/usr/local/share/kismet/wav/foo.wav
# GPS lock lost sound
# sound_gpslost=/usr/local/share/kismet/wav/bar.wav
# Alert sound

# Does the server have speech? (Again, not to be confused with the GUI's speech)
# Server's path to Festival
# How do we speak?  Valid options:
# speech    Normal speech
# nato      NATO spellings (alpha, bravo, charlie)
# spell     Spell the letters out (aye, bee, sea)
# speech_encrypted and speech_unencrypted - Speech templates
# Similar to the logtemplate option, this lets you customize the speech output.
# speech_encrypted is used for an encrypted network spoken string
# speech_unencrypted is used for an unencrypted network spoken string
# %b is replaced by the BSSID (MAC) of the network
# %s is replaced by the SSID (name) of the network
# %c is replaced by the CHANNEL of the network
# %r is replaced by the MAX RATE of the network
speech_encrypted=New network detected, s.s.i.d. %s, channel %c, network encrypted.
speech_unencrypted=New network detected, s.s.i.d. %s, channel %c, network open.

# Where do we get our manufacturer fingerprints from?  Assumed to be in the
# default config directory if an absolute path is not given.

# Use metric measurements in the output?

# Do we write waypoints for gpsdrive to load?  Note:  This is NOT related to
# recent versions of GPSDrive's native support of Kismet.
# GPSMap waypoint file.  This WILL be truncated.

# How many alerts do we backlog for new clients?  Only change this if you have
# a -very- low memory system and need those extra bytes, or if you have a high
# memory system and a huge number of alert conditions.

# File types to log, comma seperated
# dump    - raw packet dump
# network - plaintext detected networks
# csv     - plaintext detected networks in CSV format
# xml     - XML formatted network and cisco log
# weak    - weak packets (in airsnort format)
# cisco   - cisco equipment CDP broadcasts
# gps     - gps coordinates

# Do we track probe responses and merge probe networks into their owners?
# This isn't always desireable, depending on the type of monitoring you're
# trying to do.

# Do we log "noise" packets that we can't decipher?  I tend to not, since
# they don't have anything interesting at all in them.

# Do we log corrupt packets?  Corrupt packets have enough header information
# to see what they are, but someting is wrong with them that prevents us from
# completely dissecting them.  Logging these is usually not a bad idea.

# Do we log beacon packets or do we filter them out of the dumpfile

# Do we log PHY layer packets or do we filter them out of the dumpfile

# Do we mangle packets if we can decrypt them or if they're fuzzy-detected

# Do we do "fuzzy" crypt detection?  (byte-based detection instead of 802.11
# frame headers)
# valid option: Comma seperated list of card types to perform fuzzy detection
#  on, or 'all'

# What type of dump do we generate?
# valid option: "wiretap"
# Do we limit the size of dump logs?  Sometimes ethereal can't handle big ones.
# 0 = No limit
# Anything else = Max number of packets to log to a single file before closing
# and opening a new one.

# Do we write data packets to a FIFO for an external data-IDS (such as Snort)?
# See the docs before enabling this.

# Default log title

# logtemplate - Filename logging template.
# This is, at first glance, really nasty and ugly, but you'll hardly ever
# have to touch it so don't complain too much.
# %n is replaced by the logging instance name
# %d is replaced by the current date as Mon-DD-YYYY
# %D is replaced by the current date as YYYYMMDD
# %t is replaced by the starting log time
# %i is replaced by the increment log in the case of multiple logs
# %l is replaced by the log type (dump, status, crypt, etc)
# %h is replaced by the home directory
# ie, "netlogs/%n-%d-%i.dump" called with a logging name of "Pok" could expand
# to something like "netlogs/Pok-Dec-20-01-1.dump" for the first instance and
# "netlogs/Pok-Dec-20-01-2.%l" for the second logfile generated.
# %h/netlots/%n-%d-%i.dump could expand to
# /home/foo/netlogs/Pok-Dec-20-01-2.dump
# Other possibilities:  Sorting by directory
# logtemplate=%l/%n-%d-%i
# Would expand to, for example,
# dump/Pok-Dec-20-01-1
# crypt/Pok-Dec-20-01-1
# and so on.  The "dump", "crypt", etc, dirs must exist before kismet is run
# in this case.

# Where do we store the pid file of the server?

# Where state info, etc, is stored.  You shouldnt ever need to change this.
# This is a directory.

# cloaked SSID file.  You shouldn't ever need to change this.

# Group map file.  You shouldn't ever need to change this.

# IP range map file.  You shouldn't ever need to change this.
Old 09-07-2004, 02:13 PM   #2
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nobody has a *slight* idea?
Old 09-09-2004, 12:53 PM   #3
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i'll add this question: has anyone gotten kismet to work? If so, how did you solve any of the problems that you encountered (if any)?
Old 10-04-2004, 10:50 AM   #4
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i havn't....


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