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I capture in my own network some traffic (as a hexdump) with a wireless antenna set in monitor mode. Now i want to decrypt this traffic (all protocols are just 802.11 instead of TCP, ARP, etc). I followed this guide:

But thats not work. I know the password and the ssid, because its my own network. I selected wpa-psk and typed: mypassword:ssid (for example 123456789:my-network). Its also a valid syntax. But when i press OK, nothing happens, it's still encrypted.

The windows l(in the guide) ooks a bit different as mine: I have to select first the key type (wep, wpa-pwd and wpa-psk) and on the right side is a column "key". In this column i have password:ssid.

I use the newest wireshark version 2.4.0. in windows and 2.2.7. in linux.

asked 21 Jul '17, 23:14

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edited 21 Jul '17, 23:34

It could be as simple as 'reloading' the trace after you enter the passphrase/SSID or as complex as needing a whole new set of hardware for proper capture.

I suggest you review other answers, such as here:

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answered 23 Jul '17, 09:04

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Yes, you need the 4-way eapol handshake as well. That information, plus the SSID and passphrase, allows Wireshark to calculate the PTK and GTK, which are used to actually encrypt/decrypt data.

So you need data to decrypt, the 4-way handshake, and the SSID/Passphrase. Don't forget to practice on the sample file for decryption at the wiki - if that doesn't work, trying your own will be just that much harder.

(27 Jul '17, 02:52) Bob Jones

The sample file works fine. Ok in this case i will deauth some client from my network to get the eapol handshake in my capture file. Thanks!

(27 Jul '17, 03:29) decrypter

Thanks. So i need to capture the handshake as well? That would explain my issue.

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answered 23 Jul '17, 11:27

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