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    AWUS036NHA on Samsung ARM Chromebook kali


    I've been fighting with this for a couple days and sadly have met with defeat.

    I have a Samsung ARM Chromebook with kali linux booting from an SD card. I am attempting to use my ALFA AWUS036NHA as part of this configuration but am unable thusfar to get the wifi adapter functioning under kali on this device. I am a complete linux novice, but I have given this a pretty fair attempt i think.

    Here is what I have so far.

    Upon connecting the device to the chromebook, here is the output of dmesg | tail
    [ 1623.191131] usb 3-1: new high-speed USB device number 2 using xhci-hcd
    [ 1623.216474] usb 3-1: New USB device found, idVendor=0cf3, idProduct=9271
    [ 1623.216488] usb 3-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=16, Product=32, SerialNumber=48
    [ 1623.216500] usb 3-1: Product: UB91C
    [ 1623.216509] usb 3-1: Manufacturer: ATHEROS
    [ 1623.216518] usb 3-1: SerialNumber: 12345
    Here is what shows up in lsusb
    Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0cf3:9271 Atheros Communications, Inc. AR9271 802.11n
    Device Descriptor:
      bLength                18
      bDescriptorType         1
      bcdUSB               2.00
      bDeviceClass          255 Vendor Specific Class
      bDeviceSubClass       255 Vendor Specific Subclass
      bDeviceProtocol       255 Vendor Specific Protocol
      bMaxPacketSize0        64
      idVendor           0x0cf3 Atheros Communications, Inc.
      idProduct          0x9271 AR9271 802.11n
      bcdDevice            1.08
      iManufacturer          16 ATHEROS
      iProduct               32 UB91C
      iSerial                48 12345
      bNumConfigurations      1

    I did some googling and found some people's reference to the chromebook kali image not containing the ath9k driver, which this particular adapter needs. I downloaded the latest backports wireless source with intent to build the ath9k driver, unfortunately I run into this.

    root@kali:/tmp/backports/backports-3.11.8-1# make defconfig-ath9k
    | Your kernel headers are incomplete/not installed.
    | Please install kernel headers, including a .config
    | file or use the KLIB/KLIB_BUILD make variables to
    | set the kernel to build against, e.g.
    |   make KLIB=/lib/modules/3.1.7/
    | to compile/install for the installed kernel 3.1.7
    | (that isn't currently running.)
    make: *** [defconfig-ath9k] Error 1

    More googling revealed that typically in a debian/ubuntu derivitive, one can acquire the kernel headers like this:

    root@kali:/tmp/backports/backports-3.11.8-1# apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to locate package linux-headers-3.4.0
    E: Couldn't find any package by regex 'linux-headers-3.4.0'

    So this is where I'm stuck. Apparently I need the kernel headers in order to build the ath9k driver, but I can't seem to find any way to acquire the kernel headers. Can anyone point me in the right direction??


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    Modify this file /etc/apt/sources.list and add the following lines :

    deb /kali main contrib non-free
    deb /wheezy main contrib non-free
    deb kali-dev main contrib non-free
    deb kali-dev main/debian-installer
    deb-src kali-dev main contrib non-free
    deb kali main contrib non-free
    deb kali main/debian-installer
    deb-src kali main contrib non-free
    deb kali/updates main contrib non-free
    deb-src kali/updates main contrib non-fr$

    Save the changes and then run :
    apt-get update
    apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)

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