The arping application is a simple command that will allow you to ping devices by hostname, IP address, or MAC address. The unfortunate part is that most device will not respond to the arp requests, which are directed broadcast ICMP echo requests, though there are some out there that do. I go into more detail below regarding pinging via MAC address by providing an example of the typical output, example output when a MAC address responds to the ICMP echo requests, and details about how to configure hosts to respond to these ICMP echo requests. I also show a couple of the switches available with arping and provide examples of using arping to ping devices by IP and host.
Ever located an old capture file and you weren’t sure what was in it or needed to grab some quick statistics about another capture file? What about needed to run statistics on multiple capture files and present them via a database or a spreadsheet? Well if you have ever run into any of these scenarios then capinfos is worth a look. The capinfos command is available via the Backtrack CLI and provides statistic information about cap files. This is one of the gems located on Backtrack that nobody ever hears about.
Since I write a lot of articles about Backtrack Linux it is nice to have keyboard shortcuts for different screenshot commands. The two screenshot commands that I use most in Backtrack are “gnome-screenshot -w” and “gnome-screenshot”. The gnome-screenshot command will take a screenshot of the entire desktop while “gnome-screenshot -w” will take a screenshot of the active window only. Below I describe setting up keyboard shortcuts for each of these commands on Backtrack Linux. The below information will work the same on Ubuntu 10.04 as it does on Backtrack Linux since that is what the current Backtrack Linux version (Backtrack 5 release 3) is built on.
If you decide to remove the default kismet install on Backtrack Linux so you can then compile kismet from source you will be missing some functionality. One of the bits of functionality not installed by default on Backtrack 5 release 3 is the PCRE Regex Filters. You can easily enable this functionality by installing a single package before you run the kismet configure command when compiling the source.
I recently wrote an article about how to fix btscanner in Backtrack Linux and realized after the article was completed that some people may prefer to launch btscanner via the menu in Backtrack Linux instead of the command terminal by typing btscanner. This article specifically explains how to add btscanner back to the menu in Backtrack Linux under Backtrack > Information Gathering > Wireless Analysis > BlueTooth Analysis > btscanner. The information could however apply to any tools you wanted to manually add to the Backtrack menu by modifying each variable accordingly.