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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
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Credential Attacks

Throughout this book, we have discussed a variety of methods of attacking passwords and gathering credentials. Attacking hosts, applications, and devices can involve a variety of credential attack schemes.

Credential Acquisition

Once you have compromised a system, you will often want to acquire the local credential store. For Windows, the most common tool to accomplish this is Mimikatz, a post-exploitation tool that is available both as a stand-alone tool and as part of Metasploit’s Meterpreter package. Mimikatz provides a range of features, including the ability to read hashes and passwords directly from memory.

Kali Linux also includes three tools as part of the creddump package that can be used to acquire credentials in Windows. They are cachedump, which dumps cached credentials; lsadump, which dumps LSA secrets; and pwdump, which dumps password hashes. You...