In some cases, it’s not possible to сrack WPA/WPA2-PSK key with
aircrack-ng in one step, especially while using a large dictionary.
aircrack-ng can’t pause and then resume cracking itself, but it is possible to save and then continue session with John The Ripper.
In this small note you’ll find how to save the current state of
aircrack-ng and then continue the cracking from where it was stopped.
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Install John The Ripper
Run the following command to install John The Ripper, if you haven’t done it yet:
$ sudo apt-get install john
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If you crack WPA/WPA2-PSK key with John The Ripper, you can press any key to check the current status.
When you press Q or Ctrl + C, John The Ripper aborts/pause cracking and saves the information about the progress of the current session to a file
~/.john/john.rec (by default).
To continue an interrupted session, run the John with
--restore=[session name] option.
Let’s use John The Ripper to create a session
foo, pipe its output to
aircrack-ng, try to PAUSE and then RESUME the cracking.
Start cracking WPA/WPA2-PSK key, using John The Ripper and
$ john --session=foo --stdout --wordlist=wordlist.dic | aircrack-ng -w - -b 00:11:22:33:44:55 WPAcrack.cap
||The name of the session|
||The name of the dictionary file|
||The MAC address of the access point|
||The name of the file that contains the authentication handshake|
Press Q or Ctrl + C to pause cracking.
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Continue cracking from where it was stopped (resume session
$ john --restore=foo | aircrack-ng -w - -b 00:11:22:33:44:55 WPAcrack.cap