kismet - An 802.11 Wireless Network Sniffer

Distribution: openSUSE 13.2
Repository: openSUSE Network Utilities all
Package name: kismet
Package version: 2016_07_R1
Package release: 44.2
Package architecture: i586
Package type: rpm
Installed size: 3.69 MB
Download size: 1023.03 KB
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Kismet is an 802.11 wireless network sniffer. This is different from a normal network sniffer (such as Ethereal or tcpdump) because it separates and identifies different wireless networks in the area. Kismet works with any 802.11b wireless card that is capable of reporting raw packets (rfmon support), which include any Prism2-based cards (Linksys, D-Link, Rangelan, and more), Cisco Aironet cards, and Orinoco-based cards. Kismet also supports the WSP100 802.11b remote sensor by Network Chemistry and is able to monitor 802.11a networks with cards that use the ar5k chipset.



  • config(kismet) = 2016_07_R1-44.2
  • kismet = 2016_07_R1-44.2
  • kismet(x86-32) = 2016_07_R1-44.2


    Install Howto

    1. Add the openSUSE Network Utilities repository:
      # zypper addrepo opensuse-network-utilities
    2. Install kismet rpm package:
      # zypper install kismet


    • /etc/kismet.conf
    • /etc/kismet_drone.conf
    • /usr/bin/kismet
    • /usr/bin/kismet_client
    • /usr/bin/kismet_drone
    • /usr/bin/kismet_server
    • /usr/share/doc/packages/kismet/CHANGELOG
    • /usr/share/doc/packages/kismet/README
    • /usr/share/doc/packages/kismet/docs/DEVEL.client
    • /usr/share/doc/packages/kismet/docs/README.newcore
    • /usr/share/doc/packages/kismet/docs/devel-wiki-docs/
    • /usr/share/doc/packages/kismet/docs/devel-wiki-docs/
    • /usr/share/doc/packages/kismet/docs/devel-wiki-docs/
    • /usr/share/doc/packages/kismet/docs/devel-wiki-docs/tags
    • /usr/share/kismet/
    • /usr/share/kismet/wav/alert.wav
    • /usr/share/kismet/wav/gpslock.wav
    • /usr/share/kismet/wav/gpslost.wav
    • /usr/share/kismet/wav/new.wav
    • /usr/share/kismet/wav/packet.wav
    • /usr/share/man/man1/kismet.1.gz
    • /usr/share/man/man1/kismet_drone.1.gz
    • /usr/share/man/man5/kismet.conf.5.gz
    • /usr/share/man/man5/kismet_drone.conf.5.gz


    2016-07-05 - - Kismet 2016-07-R1: * nl8011 support is fixed so finding the vif device works again * full 5GHz channel discovery works now * memory leaks in the drone are fixed * some ncurses compile bugs are resolved

    2016-04-13 - - Kismet 2016-01-R1: * force validation of fcs by default for all sources * support for recent autotools * fixes for crashes when alert backlog was set to zero * fixes for failures in some VIF situations * fixes to resizing windows * fixes to GPS averaging * fixes to Radiotap changes in recent kernels * add WPS state parsing * handle BSSTimestamp parsing - upstream sources no longer signed, use source URLs

    2014-09-17 - - Require xz

    2014-05-27 - - version 2013-03-R1b * While this does not have major new features (phy-neutral is still in development) it includes a long list of bugfixes, including better ncurses color support, radiotap fixes, better interface control when setting channels, memory leak fixes, better packaging for distros, and various other quirks. - Switch build to libnl3.

    2013-05-31 - - do not hardcode automake 1.12

    2013-02-23 - - Verify GPG signature only for 12.3 and up, fixing 12.2 build - verify in prep section, and only if macro is available

    2012-11-28 - - Verify GPG signature.

    2012-07-19 - - fix ppc64 build

    2011-09-28 - - Kismet-2011-03-R2 released, includes: - 2011-03-R2 New release to address a crash bug in Kismet when operating as a drone (either kismet_server or kismet_drone). - 2011-03-R1 fixes problems with changes in ncurses 5.8 (for the few distributions which picked it up already) and is REQUIRED for Kismet to work with ncurses-5.8. Also introduced is marginally more accurate GPS averaging (still all the problems of weighting and averaging, but eliminates the float drift), some compile time updates, other minor tweaks. Under the covers 2011-03 also contains the start of the new phy-neutral common tracker layer, which will be replacing the current model of an 802.11-centric tracking layer. Anyone working on capture plugins for non-dot11 protocols should start taking a look at the new tracking layer. The dot11 tracking is being ported to the new layer and eventually they old tracking code will be disabled. - 2011-01-R1 Lots of bugfixes (netxml reference, 802.11d, mac80211 on legacy cards, client preferences, client display options) Ruby network API and example clients Wifi NIC performance shoot-out tool WPA Migration Mode detection GPS logging in PPI pcap files Per-capture source per-network and per-client signal tracking Packaging scripts - 2010-07-R1 changes: Enhancements: Ruby interface and examples Proper TCP Async (for large numbers of drones and other situations) Add hidedata= option for "safer" sniffing in public environments Kluged escape handler for broken ncurses arrow handling on some systems Add --no-root option for zero-priv drone-only deploys Bugfixes: Fix installation on Ubuntu dash IPC updates and fixes for drone IPC architectural fixes

    2011-09-27 - - Cleanup spec file and fix build for < openSUSE 12.1