[SATLUG] kismet problems

riugakusei at netscape.net riugakusei at netscape.net
Wed Dec 19 08:23:13 CST 2007

hi there i am trying to get kismet to work but i am facing some problems: everytime i run kismet i get this:

Launching kismet_server: /usr/bin/kismet_server


Will drop privs to vega (500) gid 500

No specific sources given to be enabled, all will be enabled.

Non-RFMon VAPs will be destroyed on multi-vap interfaces (ie, madwifi-ng)

Enabling channel hopping.

Enabling channel splitting.

Source 0 (AtherosG): Enabling monitor mode for madwifi_g source interface

wifi0 channel 6...

NOTICE:? Created Madwifi-NG RFMON VAP kis0

WARNING: wifi0 appears to be using Madwifi-NG.? Some versions of the

Madwifi-NG drivers have problems in monitor mode, especially if non-monitor

VAPs are active.? If you experience problems, be sure to try the latest

versions of Madwifi-NG and remove other VAPs

Source 0 (AtherosG): Opening madwifi_g source interface kis0...

Spawned channel control process 5323

Dropped privs to vega (500) gid 500

Will attempt to put networkmanager to sleep...

Allowing clients to fetch WEP keys.

Logging networks to /var/log/kismet/Kismet-Dec-19-2007-1.network

Logging networks in CSV format to /var/log/kismet/Kismet-Dec-19-2007-1.csv

Logging networks in XML format to /var/log/kismet/Kismet-Dec-19-2007-1.xml

Logging cryptographically weak packets to


Logging cisco product information to


Logging gps coordinates to /var/log/kismet/Kismet-Dec-19-2007-1.gps

Logging data to /var/log/kismet/Kismet-Dec-19-2007-1.dump

Writing data files to disk every 300 seconds.

Mangling encrypted and fuzzy data packets.

Tracking probe responses and associating probe networks.

WARNING:? Unable to open '/etc/kismet/ap_manuf' for reading (Permission

denied), AP manufacturers and defaults will not be detected.

WARNING:? Unable to open '/etc/kismet/client_manuf' for reading (Permission

denied), client manufacturers will not be detected.

Using network-classifier based data encryption detection

Not tracking duplicate IVs

Putting networkmanager to sleep...

FATAL: Dump file error: Unable to open dump file

/var/log/kismet/Kismet-Dec-19-2007-1.dump (Permission denied)

Sending termination request to channel control child 5323...

Waiting for channel control child 5323 to exit...

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.

Trying to wake networkmanager back up...

Kismet exiting.

?now after it stops my wireless stops working can anyone here give me some guidance on how to get kismet to work..
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