Forum Thread: Kali and Broadcom BCM43142


My new laptop arrived today. Everything (Windows 10, Kali) works fine, except for one thing:
I can not install the wifi driver for the bcm43142 in Kali.
It works fine in Windows, but so far, I had no success with it in Kali.

I have tried multiple workarounds (installing wl, broadcom-sta-dksm, etc.)

Has anyone fixed this issue in the current release?
Can not be the only one using this exact card.


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There is a known issue with the Broadcom BCM43x drivers; I got around it but it was a very, very long arduous task, and even then I can't spoof.

Best thing to do will be to buy an external wireless adapter that doesn't have the issues that the BCM43x cards has.


There must be a fully compatible internal minipcie bluetooth and wifi card... The card in my old notebook worked good with kali and aircrack. Did not support bluetooth, though.

The good news is: If i get the BCM43142 working, it is compatible with aircrack-ng.

I actually got it working by:

  • Switching to Kali Rolling
  • rebooting
  • installing linux-headers for kali linux 4.4.0 amd64

And then:
apt-get update
apt-get install module-assistant wireless-tools
m-a a-i broadcom-sta
echo blacklist brcm80211 >> /etc/modprobe.d/broadcom-sta-common.conf
update-initramfs -u -k $(uname -r)
modprobe -r b44 b43 b43legacy ssb brcm80211
modprobe wl

The last bit is of darkshadowman of kali forums.
Link to the whole thread:#

Great work; let me know if you can spoof with your fix.


Well, monitor works, but injection mode seems to be impossible.

For the monitor mode to work, a separate interface named prism0 has to be enabled (via echo 1 > /proc/brcmmonitor0).
Sadly, it can only be used for monitoring, but not for packet injection.

Seems like I will have to use an external device for this, but the internal device should be sufficient for reconnaissance.

I had an old MSI US54SE II collecting dust.
Monitor and injection works like a charme.

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