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CompTIA PenTest+ Study Guide

By : Mike Chapple, David Seidl
Book Image

CompTIA PenTest+ Study Guide

By: Mike Chapple, David Seidl

Overview of this book

The CompTIA PenTest+ Study Guide: Exam PT0-001 offers comprehensive preparation for the newest intermediate cybersecurity certification exam. With expert coverage of Exam PT0-001 objectives, this book is your ideal companion throughout all stages of study; whether you’re just embarking on your certification journey or finalizing preparations for the big day, this invaluable resource helps you solidify your understanding of essential skills and concepts. The book shows how to perform security assessments on desktops, mobile devices, cloud, IoT, as well as industrial and embedded systems. You'll learn how to identify security weaknesses and manage system vulnerabilities. As you progress, you'll learn methods to ensure that existing cybersecurity practices, configurations, and policies conform with current best practices. You'll assess your knowledge by simulating cyber attacks to pinpoint security weaknesses in operating systems, networks, and applications. By the end of the book, you'll have all the resources you need to prepare for the exam - identify what you already know, learn what you don’t know, and face the exam with full confidence.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Free Chapter
About the Authors
Assessment Test
Answers to Assessment Test
End User License Agreement

Exploits and Attacks

Once you have conducted your initial survey of a target, including mapping out a full list of targets and probing them to identify potential vulnerabilities and weaknesses, the next step is to analyze that data to identify which targets you will prioritize, what exploits you will attempt, and how you will access systems and devices that you have compromised.

After you have successfully compromised systems, post-exploit activities become important. Knowing how to retain access and conceal your activities and how to leverage the access you have gained to pivot to other systems that may not have been accessible before are all critical to your success.

Choosing Targets

In Chapter 5 you learned how to analyze a vulnerability report, including reviewing the severity of issues and CVSS scores and looking for missing patches and other issues. A vulnerability scan report is one of a number of components you may include in your target selection process. In addition, you may...