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Commonly Known Name for Generating and Gathering Initialization Vectors for Wi-Fi Network Security

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What is the commonly known name for the process of generating and gathering initialization vectors, either passively or actively, for the purpose of determining the security key of a wireless network?



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The process of generating and gathering initialization vectors for the purpose of determining the security key of a wireless network is commonly known as WEP cracking. WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) is a security protocol used to secure wireless networks. However, it is a weak encryption algorithm and is vulnerable to attacks.

WEP cracking involves the attacker passively or actively monitoring the wireless network traffic to collect enough initialization vectors (IVs) to guess the key used to encrypt the traffic. The attacker can then use tools such as Aircrack-ng to crack the key and gain access to the network.

Passive WEP cracking involves simply listening to network traffic and capturing IVs as they are sent by legitimate users. Active WEP cracking involves sending packets to the network to generate new IVs.

Session hijacking, man-in-the-middle attacks, and disassociation flood frames are all different types of attacks that can be used to compromise wireless networks, but they are not specifically related to the process of WEP cracking.

Session hijacking involves an attacker taking control of a session between two parties, such as a user and a website, in order to gain access to sensitive information.

Man-in-the-middle attacks involve an attacker intercepting communication between two parties in order to eavesdrop on or modify the traffic.

Disassociation flood frames involve an attacker sending a large number of disassociation messages to a wireless access point in order to disrupt its normal operation and cause a denial of service.