I know how to create an Evil Twin of a WiFi network using Hostapd. However, I can only create an unencrypted network with eventually a fake login page.

While this can be work with some kind of people, many others can easily understand something it's wrong with their connection.

So I was thinking: it's possible to create an Evil Twin with any type of encryption (standard UIs in OS doesn't show it at the moment of connection) with no /random password (and maybe username) being asked at the moment of connection and sniffed?

So the Evil Twin seems the "good" Twin even in authentication and it can sniff username/ password without login pages that doesn't appear in standard WEP/WPA/WPA2 networks.

  • In windows you can use your virtual ap to create a wpa2 network and use the same passphrase (If you know it) as the target, so he can connect automatically to your network with the credentials he have on his device.
    – Azteca
    Commented Oct 31, 2018 at 18:30

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The answer is no. On WEP/WPA/WPA2 the key exchange is done in a "secure" way and the password is not transmitted in clear text on a client connection. You can find more information about the key exchange on this another security stack exchange question: Four-way Handshake in WPA-Personal (WPA-PSK)

It has interesting links and documentation about how 4-way-handshake works (applicable to WPA and WPA2). WEP has also handshakes but they work in a different way.

  • Thank you for your answer. I thought that was impossible for a reason like this. I'll read the documentation!
    – Andrean
    Commented Oct 31, 2018 at 7:12
  • If you know the passphrase you can merge your AP with target's network, like a Rogue AP instead of an Evil Twin
    – Azteca
    Commented Oct 31, 2018 at 18:29
  • The question is not "can the password be sniffed", but "can the evil twin make clients connect to it and send IP packets". I googled this question for an hour and did not find any answer. This one is the closest. So please clarify. Commented Mar 25, 2019 at 15:35

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