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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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Attacking hosts requires knowledge of a variety of exploit methods, vulnerabilities, and techniques. The PenTest+ exam objectives cover both OS-specific methodologies and common cross-platform exploits and issues that you can use to compromise systems, escalate privileges, and gather additional data and resources to further your penetration testing efforts.

Linux attacks include SUID and SGID programs that can allow you to run a program as a different user or group. If users can use sudo to take actions as a user with greater rights, or if they can escape a restricted shell, you can also leverage these flaws to gain greater privileges. You should also be aware of attacks via both buffer overflows like ret2libc and kernel exploits that use a variety of methods to cause the Linux kernel to allow you to perform actions you normally couldn’t—often including becoming root!

Many of the Windows exploits covered in the PenTest+ objectives focus on obtaining credentials,...