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Kali Linux 2: Windows Penetration Testing

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Kali Linux 2: Windows Penetration Testing

Overview of this book

Microsoft Windows is one of the two most common OS and managing its security has spawned the discipline of IT security. Kali Linux is the premier platform for testing and maintaining Windows security. Kali is built on the Debian distribution of Linux and shares the legendary stability of that OS. This lets you focus on using the network penetration, password cracking, forensics tools and not the OS. This book has the most advanced tools and techniques to reproduce the methods used by sophisticated hackers to make you an expert in Kali Linux penetration testing. First, you are introduced to Kali's top ten tools and other useful reporting tools. Then, you will find your way around your target network and determine known vulnerabilities to be able to exploit a system remotely. Next, you will prove that the vulnerabilities you have found are real and exploitable. You will learn to use tools in seven categories of exploitation tools. Further, you perform web access exploits using tools like websploit and more. Security is only as strong as the weakest link in the chain. Passwords are often that weak link. Thus, you learn about password attacks that can be used in concert with other approaches to break into and own a network. Moreover, you come to terms with network sniffing, which helps you understand which users are using services you can exploit, and IP spoofing, which can be used to poison a system's DNS cache. Once you gain access to a machine or network, maintaining access is important. Thus, you not only learn penetrating in the machine you also learn Windows privilege’s escalations. With easy to follow step-by-step instructions and support images, you will be able to quickly pen test your system and network.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Kali Linux 2: Windows Penetration Testing
About the Authors
About the Reviewer

Reporting the tests

A clean and clear documentation helps you report your work. There are two documentation tools we use to keep documentation organized:

  • KeepNote

  • Dradis

A document organizer is a little different from a mere text editor or word processor. Proper documentation requires an organized filing structure. Certainly, a Windows security analyst could create a folder structure that lets them organize the documents. It is in-built in these document-organizing applications, and using them reduces the chance of losing a folder, or accidentally recursing your folders, or losing important parts of the investigation's documentation.

KeepNote – the standalone document organizer

KeepNote is the simpler tool, and quite sufficient if you are working alone. To find KeepNote, open the Application menu and click on Kali Linux | Recording tools | Documentation | KeepNote. The following image shows a KeepNote setup similar to the way you would record a short test.

Dradis – the web-based document organizer

Dradis is a web application, and can be used to share documentation with a team. The default URL for Dradis is The application can be hosted on a remote secure server, and that is the best feature about Dradis. The following screenshot comes from