Pinecone | A WLAN Red Team Framework


Pinecone is a WLAN networks auditing tool, suitable for red team usage. It is extensible via modules, and it is designed to be run in Debian-based operating systems. Pinecone is specially oriented to be used with a Raspberry Pi, as a portable wireless auditing box.

This tool is designed for educational and research purposes only. Only use it with explicit permission.


For running Pinecone, you need a Debian-based operating system (it has been tested on Raspbian, Raspberry Pi Desktop and Kali Linux). Pinecone has the following requirements:

  • Python 3.5+. Your distribution probably comes with Python3 already installed, if not it can be installed using apt-get install python3.
  • dnsmasq (tested with version 2.76). Can be installed using apt-get install dnsmasq.
  • hostapd-wpe (tested with version 2.6). Can be installed using apt-get install hostapd-wpe. If your distribution repository does not have a hostapd-wpe package, you can either try to install it using a Kali Linux repository pre-compiled package, or compile it from its source code.

After installing the necessary packages, you can install the Python packages requirements for Pinecone using pip3 install -r requirements.txt in the project root folder.


For starting Pinecone, execute python3 from within the project root folder:

[email protected]:~/pinecone# python 
[i] Database file: ~/pinecone/db/database.sqlite
pinecone > 

Pinecone is controlled via a Metasploit-like command-line interface. You can type help to get the list of available commands, or help 'command' to get more information about a specific command:

pinecone > help

Documented commands (type help <topic>):
alias  help     load  pyscript  set    shortcuts  use
edit   history  py    quit      shell  unalias  

Undocumented commands:
back  run  stop

pinecone > help use
Usage: use module [-h]

Interact with the specified module.

positional arguments:
  module      module ID

optional arguments:
  -h, --help  show this help message and exit

Use the command use 'moduleID' to activate a Pinecone module. You can use Tab auto-completion to see the list of current loaded modules:

pinecone > use 
attack/deauth     daemon/hostapd-wpe    report/db2json                  scripts/infrastructure/ap  
daemon/dnsmasq    discovery/recon       scripts/attack/wpa_handshake
pinecone > use discovery/recon 
pcn module(discovery/recon) > 

Every module has options, that can be seen typing help run or run --help when a module is activated. Most modules have default values for their options (check them before running):

pcn module(discovery/recon) > help run
usage: run [-h] [-i INTERFACE]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
                        monitor mode capable WLAN interface (default: wlan0)

When a module is activated, you can use the run [options...] command to start its functionality. The modules provide feedback of their execution state:

pcn script(attack/wpa_handshake) > run -s TEST_SSID
[i] Sending 64 deauth frames to all clients from AP 00:11:22:33:44:55 on channel 1...
Sent 64 packets.
[i] Monitoring for 10 secs on channel 1 WPA handshakes between all clients and AP 00:11:22:33:44:55...

If the module runs in background (for example, scripts/infrastructure/ap), you can stop it using the stop command when the module is running:

pcn script(infrastructure/ap) > run
net.ipv4.ip_forward = 1
[i] Creating NAT rules in iptables for forwarding wlan0 -> eth0...
[i] Starting hostapd-wpe and dnsmasq...
Configuration file: ~/pinecone/tmp/hostapd-wpe.conf
Using interface wlan0 with hwaddr 00:11:22:33:44:55 and ssid "PINECONEWIFI"
wlan0: interface state UNINITIALIZED->ENABLED
wlan0: AP-ENABLED 
pcn script(infrastructure/ap) > stop
[i] Stopping hostapd-wpe and dnsmasq...
net.ipv4.ip_forward = 0
[i] Flushing NAT table in iptables...

When you are done using a module, you can deactivate it by using the back command. You can also activate another module issuing the use command again.

Shell commands may be executed with the command shell or the ! shortcut:

pinecone > !ls
LICENSE  modules  pinecone  requirements.txt

Currently, Pinecone reconnaissance SQLite database is stored in the db/ directory inside the project root folder. All the temporary files that Pinecone needs to use are stored in the tmp/ directory also under the project root folder.