I have just installed wifite on Debian GNU/Linux 8 (jessie). And when I execute it from Gnome-terminal started to loop prompting this:

enabling monitor mode on wlan0... done

How can i fix it?

  • 1
    I don't use Gnome so I can't repro, but this might be a starting point: Wifite is a single-file Python 2.7 program and line 889 is responsible for printing that diagnostic. Try using a debugger or adding some print statements where you think it might be looping, and ask on the issue tracker.
    – Anko
    Commented Nov 19, 2015 at 14:49
  • Does it solves it if you do sudo service network-manager stop before? Commented Nov 19, 2015 at 20:11
  • No. It has the same problem.
    – Tarlo_x
    Commented Nov 20, 2015 at 13:07

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It could have multiple causes:

  • Have you installed aircrack-ng?
  • Does your wireless card support monitor mode? If it's your laptop's internal card, it probably doesn't. Here is a list of recommended cards https://forums.kali.org/showthread.php?19387-802-11-Recommended-Wireless-Cards
  • The versions of wifite and aircrack-ng do not correspond. A while ago, the aircrack-ng team rewrote the way of naming interfaces from "mon0" to "wlan0mon". You can download the latest version of aircrack-ng from hxxp://www.aircrack-ng.org/downloads.html and you can clone the latest version of wifite from the git repository at hxxps://github.com/derv82/wifite. (Can't show link because of reputation..)

Try the Kali live-cd (pre-installed correct versions of wifite and aircrack-ng) It's at https://kali.org. Use the following command "airmon-ng start wlan0". If it says "failed to bring up card using ip", your card doesn't support monitor mode.

  • I have installed aircrack-ng. Are you sure of he command? It return to me 'command not found'
    – Tarlo_x
    Commented Nov 22, 2015 at 18:40
  • Yup, just used it on my Kali linux machine (like debian). How did you install aircrack-ng? Does the command "aircrack-ng" work? If not, install aircrack with "apt-get install aircrack-ng"
    – redfast00
    Commented Nov 22, 2015 at 19:36
  • @Icaro did it work?
    – redfast00
    Commented Nov 25, 2015 at 19:37

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