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#pentestips installing libnfc on Kali linux.

Posted by Lab401 Lee on

Hi, in this #pentestips we are installing libnfc.

LibNFC is the fundamental tool for RFID manipulation on Windows/Linux/macOS.
It is a mature suite of tools that provide read/write/emulate functionality for high-frequency RFID cards, covering ISO/IEC 14443 A and B, FeliCa & Jewel/Topaz.

It supports most USB-based RFID readers, including Lab401's recommended DL533N.

For MIFARE card types, there are multiple tools to read, write and manipulate MIFARE Classic, MIFARE Ultralight, NTAG, etc tags.

It supports all generations of "Magic" card blanks.

The LibNFC repository is mature. It has a slow release cycle but has an active community - which means that it's important to build from source to have the latest features.

Some Linux distributions have LibNFC packages, but these are out of date. Specifically, some packages cannot handle newer generations of Magic / Blank tags - meaning that if you run the older packages, you can brick your blanks.

It is recommended that you install LibNFC from source.

Whether you're already running Linux, using a VM, or using WSL, it's quick and easy.

Following along:

#Setup the build tools
sudo apt-get install build-essential gcc make autoconf libtool automake pkg-config libusb-1.0-0-dev libusb-dev

#Pull down the libnfc source
mkdir tools
cd tools
git clone https://github.com/nfc-tools/libnfc.git 
cd libnfc

#Configure and build the tool
autoreconf -vis
./configure
make && sudo make install

#Test:
nfc-list

 


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