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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)
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About the Authors
Assessment Test
Answers to Assessment Test
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Remote Access

Creating and maintaining remote access to a machine is a key part of many host exploitation processes so that you can leverage the system, either to pivot or to gain additional information from or about the system itself. While there are many ways to allow remote access, command-line shell access is one of the most popular since it allows scripting, and the tools to allow it are found by default on many systems.


Many penetration testers will use SSH as a default method of remote access, since it is encrypted and SSH connections to Linux servers and devices are quite common. While many Linux systems provide an SSH service, SSH can also be very handy for port forwarding when pivoting. A simple ssh remote port forward command can be used to forward remote port...