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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

Exam Essentials

Explain Linux system compromise techniques. Understand how to identify and exploit SUID/SGID programs. Know what sticky bits are and why they are used to help secure systems. Describe security flaws with sudo and the sudoers list. Know how restricted shells are used to prevent account abuse and common methods of escaping them. Understand ret2libc attacks and Linux kernel exploits and how they are implemented.

Understand Windows exploit techniques. Describe how to obtain Windows passwords using cPassword, LDAP cleartext password recovery, service account attacks, LSASS, LSA secrets, and unattended installation files as well as the SAM database. Explain DLL hijacking, writeable services, and unquoted service path issues and how they can be discovered and exploited. Use Windows kernel exploits in packages like Metasploit to obtain elevated privileges.

Explain common exploits that exist in most operating systems. Exploit improperly secured or configured file and folder permissions...