I put Kali Linux on a small little laptop for testing and demonstration purposes, but I've run into an issue I've never seen before.
Every wireless interface I plug in through USB shows up as shown in the attached image, it's all mangled up and doesn't actually work, and I've no idea what's wrong!
The interface appears as
'wlx00c0ca97dc12'. Really jumbled up.
Any help would be appreciated, point me in the right direction. Thank you!
wlx00c0ca97dc12: flags=4099<UP,BROADCAST,MULTICAST> mtu 1500 ether 2e:a6:a9:c6:0a:fd txqueuelen 1000 (Ethernet) RX packets 0 bytes 0 (0.0 B) RX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 frame 0 TX packets 0 bytes 0 (0.0 B) TX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 carrier 0 collisions 0
lsusb, it's device 11:
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0bda:0129 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTS5129 Card Reader Controller Bus 001 Device 006: ID 8087:0a2a Intel Corp. UB91C Bus 001 Device 005: ID 04f3:2052 Elan Microelectronics Corp. Bus 001 Device 003: ID 1a40:0101 Terminus Technology Inc. Hub Bus 001 Device 002: ID 1bcf:2c80 Sunplus Innovation Technology Inc. Lenovo EasyCamera Bus 001 Device 011: ID 0cf3:9271 Qualcomm Atheros Communications AR9271 802.11n Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
wlx00c0ca97dc12 IEEE 802.11 ESSID:off/any Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=20 dBm Retry short limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off Encryption key:off Power Management:off
Hopefully, that's enough information, I can post more if needed.
Edited for further clarification:
While editing this, Hooray! I managed to get it working. The long ass interface names were the issue. I took mosvy's advice and returned the interface naming scheme back to normal. I can now connect just fine through my dongle :)
touch /etc/udev/rules.d/80-net-setup-link.rules Fixed it for me!
I was expecting a more usual interface name like
eth2, etc. I assumed that this messed up version of the interface name meant something was wrong, as I'm unable to connect to an access point using the USB Wireless Devices that I plug into the machine. For example, I plug in my Alfa Wireless USB dongle and it won't allow me to connect to any AP's, and I receive a system message saying "activation of network connection failed".
I thought it may have been a driver issue, but installing Kali Wireless drivers yielded no results. If these names are accurate as they're the naming conventions used in Kali and not actually an error, then I must be looking at a different kind of issue.