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Introducing the WiFi Pineapple NANO


Darren Kitchen
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The NANO was developed with a focus on performance and usability with integration with existing wireless pentest workflows. The platform we've chosen, keeping with the Atheros, is due not only with our familiarity with the chipset for development but because of it's strengths on the networking side of things. It's a router chip built to handle the sorts of network loads we're accustom to putting it under and for that we're very happy with the performance. And this radio in particular is tuned so well, I think you're really going to notice the RF performance. We've learned a lot since the MK5 and applied that knowledge not only to the NANO but it's the same reason we're working on a 5G capable device using similar technology.

Integration wise we've already come out with an Android app that simplifies connection and setup to the extreme. Seriously it's dead simple -- check the box and everything just works. We're also working with Nethunter developers to get the NANO integrating well with that platform, which should be pretty epic! Similarly a new connector for Linux is being built similar to wp5.sh but taking it to the next level.

The new software is more than just the streamlined Web Interface (which looks awesome, BTW). It's about compartmentalizing functions and making it easy to administer so that down the line applications can communicate and control the NANO through it's API. For example, the entire web interface and additional applications could be run on a completely separate device.

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Building on our strengths while integrating with the strengths of existing devices is one of the focuses with the NANO. Whether that's a tablet running nethunter, an unrooted Android, a Pi running Kali. We're never going to compete on price with the Zero - and that's ok. Eventually we'd like to have a sexy turnkey out-of-the-box ARM solution and for a while we've been developing what we call the "WiFi Pineapple Core" -- an ARM counterpart to the NANO. Essentially when plugged into the device it would act as the next node up on the network doing heavy lifting and even seamlessly controlling the device through the API.

It's all very possible since the hardware was designed with a single USB plug for both power and network connectivity. That said, in our experience talking with ODMs on ARM we've found it extremely expensive and time consuming, at least at our scale. That's not to say we're not keen on the Core - but we think focusing on working with what's out there now before rolling our own is the better bet. Once we have more of the software done I'd love to see our own distro or tighter connector tools for these platforms. The above photo is only a proof of concept -- but it works.

Is the usb module for the pineapple nano in the pic (with an ethernet port) going to be available?

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Is there anything fun (or scientific) that can be done with a NANO that has no internet connectivity, beyond maybe trolling people with Occupineapple? Can any data actually be captured or will nothing work without a connection to the Internet? Say for instance tcpdump or sslsplit.

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On April 6, 2016 at 6:26 PM, Purrball said:

Is there anything fun (or scientific) that can be done with a NANO that has no internet connectivity, beyond maybe trolling people with Occupineapple? Can any data actually be captured or will nothing work without a connection to the Internet? Say for instance tcpdump or sslsplit.

Lots of things. 

For example the xfinity portal "hack" doesn't need Internet. Captive portals? No internet. 

Also, there are threads here about capturing handshakes and such that could then be handed off to a cracker. 

Other items could be the recon function. Capturing MACs for bypassing MAC whitelisting ...

how about nmap sweeps? 

or you could simply use it as a wireless router for local connections

etc

Honestly there are a ton of things. The best thing is to just obtain a high level of understanding on how these things work  from there you can get creative in your own way  

 

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