Reaver(1) WPS Cracker


reaver -i <interface> -b <target bssid> -vv


Reaver implements a brute force attack against WiFi Protected Setup which can crack the WPS pin of an access point in a matter of hours and subsequently recover the WPA/WPA2 passphrase.

Specifically, Reaver targets the registrar functionality of WPS, which is flawed in that it only takes 11,000 attempts to guess the correct WPS pin in order to become a WPS registrar. Once registred as a registrar with the access point, the access point will give you the WPA passphrase.


-m, --mac=<mac>
MAC of the host system (should be resolved automatically)

-e, --essid=<ssid>
ESSID of the target AP. Unless cloaked, this will be resolved automatically.

-c, --channel=<channel>
Set the 802.11 channel for the interface (implies -f)

-o, --out-file=<file>
Send output to a log file [default: stdout]

-f, --fixed
Disable channel hopping

-5, --5ghz
Use 5GHz 802.11 channels

-v, --verbose
Display non-critical warnings (-vv for more)

-q, --quiet
Only display critical messages

-i, --interface=<wlan>
Name of the monitor-mode interface to use

-b, --bssid=<mac>
BSSID of the target AP

-p, --pin=<wps pin>
Use the specified WPS pin

-h, --help
Show help


This manual page was written by Craig Heffner <[email protected]>, Tactical Network Solutions. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation, the complete text of the GNU General Public License can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.