Installing Gerix (from Backtrack) into Ubuntu

Gerix is a 802.11 wireless pentesting tool. I find it especially effective against WEP protected wireless APs. Outdated security protocol which is still the default security that O2 uses in the UK (hint, if you’re using O2’s default wireless modem, get away asap… it took me 30 mins to get into such a weakly protected network). Gerix is included in the backtrack repositories.

So my (unoriginal it seems) idea was to include the backtrack repositories into the ubuntu reps I use and download the tool. Most websites pointed to outdated repositories that were not responding, however I managed to find the correct repositories here:

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sudo echo “deb http://archive.offensive-security.com pwnsauce main microverse macroverse restricted universe multiverse” >> /etc/apt/sources.list

wget -q http://archive.offensive-security.com/backtrack.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add –

sudo aptitude update

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I then proceeded to use Synaptic to install Gerix, but was running into a problem since the process exited with error code 1. Turns out the package was (quite rightly) trying to install to the default path in Backtrack:

/pentest/wireless/gerix-wifi-cracker-ng/

Once the above folder structure was created, the install finished with no issues.