This project contains scripts to test if clients or access points (APs) are affected by the KRACK attack against WPA2. For details behind this attack see our website and the research paper.

Remember that our scripts are not attack scripts! You will need the appropriate network credentials in order to test if an access point or client is affected by the KRACK attack.

21 January 2021: the scripts have been made compatible with Python3 and has been updated to better support newer Linux distributions. If you want to revert to the old version, execute git fetch --tags && git checkout v1 after cloning the repository (and switch back to the latest version using git checkout research).


Our scripts were tested on Kali Linux. To install the required dependencies on Kali, execute:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install libnl-3-dev libnl-genl-3-dev pkg-config libssl-dev net-tools git sysfsutils python3-venv iw

Now compile our modified hostapd instance and create a python virtual environment. This assure you're using compatible python libraries (those listed in krackattack/requirements.txt):

git clone https://github.com/vanhoefm/krackattacks-scripts.git
cd krackattacks-scripts/krackattack

Then disable hardware encryption for optimal results:

cd krackattack
sudo ./disable-hwcrypto.sh

Note that if needed you can later re-enable hardware encryption using the script sudo ./reenable-hwcrypto.sh. It's recommended to reboot after disabling hardware encryption. We tested our scripts with an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 and a TP-Link TL-WN722N v1 on Kali Linux.

Before every usage

Every time before you use the scripts you must disable Wi-Fi in your network manager. Then execute:

sudo rfkill unblock wifi
cd krackattack
sudo su
source venv/bin/activate

After doing this you can executing the scripts multiple times as long as you don't close the terminal.

If you want to undo the effects of the disable-hwcrypto.sh then delete the file /etc/modprobe.d/nohwcrypt.conf.

Testing Clients

First modify hostapd/hostapd.conf and edit the line interface= to specify the Wi-Fi interface that will be used to execute the tests. Note that for all tests, once the script is running, you must let the device being tested connect to the SSID testnetwork using the password abcdefgh. You can change settings of the AP by modifying hostapd/hostapd.conf. In all tests the client must use DHCP to get an IP after connecting to the Wi-Fi network. This is because some tests only start after the client has requested an IP using DHCP!

You should now run the following tests located in the krackattacks/ directory:

  1. ./krack-test-client.py --replay-broadcast. This tests whether the client accepts replayed broadcast frames. If the client accepts replayed broadcast frames, this must be patched first. If you do not patch the client, our script will not be able to determine if the group key is being reinstalled (because then the script will always say the group key is being reinstalled).

  2. ./krack-test-client.py --group --gtkinit. This tests whether the client installs the group key in the group key handshake with the given receive sequence counter (RSC). See section 6.4 of our [follow-up research paper(https://papers.mathyvanhoef.com/ccs2018.pdf)] for the details behind this vulnerability.

  3. ./krack-test-client.py --group. This tests whether the client reinstalls the group key in the group key handshake. In other words, it tests if the client is vulnerable to CVE-2017-13080. The script tests for reinstallations of the group key by sending broadcast ARP requests to the client using an already used (replayed) packet number (here packet number = nonce = IV). Note that if the client always accepts replayed broadcast frames (see --replay-broadcast), this test might incorrectly conclude the group key is being reinstalled.

  4. ./krack-test-client.py. This tests for key reinstallations in the 4-way handshake by repeatedly sending encrypted message 3's to the client. In other words, this tests for CVE-2017-13077 (the vulnerability with the highest impact) and for CVE-2017-13078 . The script monitors traffic sent by the client to see if the pairwise key is being reinstalled. Note that this effectively performs two tests: whether the pairwise key is reinstalled, and whether the group key is reinstalled. Make sure the client requests an IP using DHCP for the group key reinstallation test to start. To assure the client is sending enough unicast frames, you can optionally ping the AP: ping

  5. ./krack-test-client.py --tptk. Identical to test 4, except that a forged message 1 is injected before sending the encrypted message 3. This variant of the test is important because some clients (e.g. wpa_supplicant v2.6) are only vulnerable to pairwise key reinstallations in the 4-way handshake when a forged message 1 is injected before sending a retransmitted message 3.

  6. ./krack-test-client.py --tptk-rand. Same as the above test, except that the forged message 1 contains a random ANonce.

  7. ./krack-test-client.py --gtkinit. This tests whether the client installs the group key in the 4-way handshake with the given receive sequence counter (RSC). The script will continously execute new 4-way handshakes to test this. Unfortunately, this test can be rather unreliable, because any missed handshake messages cause synchronization issues, making the test unreliable. You should only execute this test in environments with little background noise, and execute it several times.

Some additional remarks:

Correspondence to Wi-Fi Alliance tests

The Wi-Fi Alliance created a custom vulnerability detection tool based on our scripts. At the time of writing, this tool is only accessible to Wi-Fi Alliance members. Their tools supports several different tests, and these tests correspond to the functionality in our script as follows:

Testing Access Points: Detecting a vulnerable FT Handshake (802.11r)

  1. Create a wpa_supplicant configuration file that can be used to connect to the network. A basic example is:


    Note the use of "FT-PSK". Save it as network.conf or similar. For more info see wpa_supplicant.conf.

  2. Try to connect to the network using your platform's wpa_supplicant. This will likely require a command such as:

     sudo wpa_supplicant -D nl80211 -i wlan0 -c network.conf

    If this fails, either the AP does not support FT, or you provided the wrong network configuration options in step 1. Note that if the AP does not support FT, it is not affected by this vulnerability.

  3. Use this script as a wrapper over the previous wpa_supplicant command:

     sudo su
     source venv/bin/activate
     ./krack-ft-test.py wpa_supplicant -D nl80211 -i wlan0 -c network.conf

    This will execute the wpa_supplicant command using the provided parameters, and will add a virtual monitor interface that will perform attack tests. It's important to first become root and then load the python virtual environment (see above how to create this virtual environment).

  4. Use wpa_cli to roam to a different AP of the same network. For example:

     wpa_cli -i wlan0
     > status
     > scan_results 
     bssid / frequency / signal level / flags / ssid
     c4:e9:84:db:fb:7b	2412  -21  [WPA2-PSK+FT/PSK-CCMP][ESS] testnet
     c4:e9:84:1d:a5:bc	2412  -31  [WPA2-PSK+FT/PSK-CCMP][ESS] testnet
     > roam c4:e9:84:1d:a5:bc

    In this example we were connected to AP c4:e9:84:db:fb:7b of testnet (see status command). The scan_results command shows this network also has a second AP with MAC c4:e9:84:1d:a5:bc. We then roam to this second AP.

  5. Generate traffic between the AP and client. For example:

     arping -I wlan0
  6. Now look at the output of ./krack-ft-test.py to see if the AP is vulnerable.

    1. First it should say "Detected FT reassociation frame". Then it will start replaying this frame to try the attack.
    2. The script shows which IVs (= packet numbers) the AP is using when sending data frames.
    3. Message IV reuse detected (IV=X, seq=Y). AP is vulnerable! means we confirmed it's vulnerable.

    Be sure to manually check network traces as well, to confirm this script is replaying the reassociation request properly, and to manually confirm whether there is IV (= packet number) reuse or not.

    Example output of vulnerable AP:

     [15:59:24] Replaying Reassociation Request
     [15:59:25] AP transmitted data using IV=1 (seq=0)
     [15:59:25] Replaying Reassociation Request
     [15:59:26] AP transmitted data using IV=1 (seq=0)
     [15:59:26] IV reuse detected (IV=1, seq=0). AP is vulnerable!

    Example output of patched AP (note that IVs are never reused):

     [16:00:49] Replaying Reassociation Request
     [16:00:49] AP transmitted data using IV=1 (seq=0)
     [16:00:50] AP transmitted data using IV=2 (seq=1)
     [16:00:50] Replaying Reassociation Request
     [16:00:51] AP transmitted data using IV=3 (seq=2)
     [16:00:51] Replaying Reassociation Request
     [16:00:52] AP transmitted data using IV=4 (seq=3)

Extra: Hardware Decryption

To confirm that hardware decryption is disable, execute systool -vm ath9k_htc or similar after plugging in your Wi-Fi NIC to confirm the nohwcript/swcrypto/hwcrypto parameter has been set. Note that you must replace ath9k_htc with the kernel module for your wireless network card.

Extra: 5 GHz not supported

There's no official support for testing devices in the 5 GHz band.

If you nevertheless want to use the tool on 5 GHz channels, the network card being used must allow the injection of frames in the 5 GHz channel. Unfortunately, this is not always possible due to regulatory constraints. To see on which channels you can inject frames you can execute iw list and look under Frequencies for channels that are not marked as disabled, no IR, or radar detection. Note that these conditions may depend on your network card, the current configured country, and the AP you are connected to. For more information see, for example, the Arch Linux documentation.

Note that the Linux kernel may not allow the injection of frames even though it is allowed to send normal frames. This is because in the function ieee80211_monitor_start_xmit the kernel refuses to inject frames when cfg80211_reg_can_beacon returns false. As a result, Linux may refuse to inject frames even though this is actually allowed. Making cfg80211_reg_can_beacon return true under the correct (or all) conditions prevents this bug. So you'll have to patch the Linux drivers so that cfg80211_reg_can_beacon always returns true, for instance, by manually patching the packport driver code.

Extra: Manual Tests

It's also possible to manually perform (more detailed) tests by cloning the hostap git repository:

git clone git://w1.fi/srv/git/hostap.git

And following the instructions in tests/cipher-and-key-mgmt-testing.txt.