Is there another method apart from using a wordlist to crack WPA/WPA2 passwords? because it's not going to work for all cases. Even using the biggest wordlist ever, there are cases where there won't be a match in the wordlist. (assuming that WPS is off too because if WPS is on, the password may be cracked through weaknesses of WPS)

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Yes of course, there are other sorts of brute force attacks to crack passwords!

For example, on Hashcat's website you can find the following types of attacks:

  • Straight *
  • Combination
  • Brute-force
  • Hybrid dict + mask
  • Hybrid mask + dict

There is a whole class of key-reinstallation attacks discovered a few years ago, that doesn't rely on the traditional wordlist brute-forcing attacks. They are also known as KRACK - Key Reinstallation AttaCKs.

You can read more about such attacks here. After some initial publicity, though, many vendors' Wi-Fi products have been patched against at least some variations of KRACK.

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