[kismac] Re: KisMAC is way buggy

  • From: Vincent Malguy <malguy_v@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: kismac@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 6 Mar 2004 19:33:58 +0100

-your gps bug seems weird because the GPS subsystem is independant from the device your scanning from. what is your GPS device ?
-for the unload bug , your right about it. I suggest you to scan in activ mode to avoid any problem.
-for the crash problem : your also right but you need to understand that kismac is doing a lot of stuff background so there is no need to stress it. BUT due to the amount of network your collecting, i suppose you will wait quite a long time to have kismac be stable.

Are you really getting a network every 4 seconds ? because i live in the "old" europe where i can just get 2-3 networks / minutes and at that rate kismac is perfectly stable.

So long, VinZ.

Le 6 mars 04, à 18:07, Jeff Schwartz a écrit :


Here's a list of bugs which prevent me from using KisMAC.

KisMAC only records GPS coordinates for about 20% of the sites stumbled. This is based on over 3000 access points detected.
This only occurs with my Cisco Aironet 350 card. With a borrowed Prism 2.5 card, KisMAC works great -- records all GPS coordinates perfectly.
I reported this on the bugtracker months ago, but it was closed with a note "not reproducible".

KisMAC drivers don't seem to unload.
Notes: If I run KisMAC and scan and quit it, then I cannot get a connection through my Airport Extreme, Senao, or Cisco Aironet card. In fact, if I scan with KisMAC, quit KisMAC, relaunch KisMAC, it says that it can't load the driver. So basically if I scan with KisMAC, I have to reboot my machine afterwards.

KisMAC crashes or locks up moderately frequently.
KisMAC is more stable than it used to be (used to crash when I looked at it wrong). I can't exactly reproduce the crashes, but I can give you instances that increase the probability of a crash:.
(1) When resizing the KisMAC window, especially repeatedly.
(2) When resorting KisMAC lists (in previous versions, this would inevitably cause a crash).
(3) When the list gets over about 400 access points (very easy to do within 30 minutes in San Francisco).
(4) Switching between the list window and map window repeatedly or too quickly (this causes a freeze).

Due to these bugs, perhaps 90% of the nodes I scan are unusable. I no longer wardrive with KisMAC. I can't imagine that anyone else does either.

PS: I'd be happy to pay a $15 shareware fee if the above bugs are fixed, as the features it offers are not matched by any other Mac OS X software.

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