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Effective Python Penetration Testing

By : Rejah Rehim
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Effective Python Penetration Testing

By: Rejah Rehim

Overview of this book

Penetration testing is a practice of testing a computer system, network, or web application to find weaknesses in security that an attacker can exploit. Effective Python Penetration Testing will help you utilize your Python scripting skills to safeguard your networks from cyberattacks. We will begin by providing you with an overview of Python scripting and penetration testing. You will learn to analyze network traffic by writing Scapy scripts and will see how to fingerprint web applications with Python libraries such as ProxMon and Spynner. Moving on, you will find out how to write basic attack scripts, and will develop debugging and reverse engineering skills with Python libraries. Toward the end of the book, you will discover how to utilize cryptography toolkits in Python and how to automate Python tools and libraries.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Effective Python Penetration Testing
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ClamAV antivirus with Python

We can use pyClamd, an open-source Python module, to use the ClamAV antivirus engine on Linux, MacOSX, and Windows. To use ClamAV programmatically from Python, you have to run an instance of the clamd daemon.


You can install ClamAV in Windows, Linux, and MacOSx. To install it in Windows and Linux, refer to the official ClamAV documentation at To install in MacOSX, use homebrew.

After installing ClamAV, configure it to work with the network socket or Unix socket. To do this, we have to update the clamd configurations. You can find two configuration files in the /etc/clamav/ folder for Linux, c:\clamAV\ for Windows, and at /usr/local/etc/clamav for MacOSX. The files are as follows: freshclam.conf and clamd.conf.

If you cannot find these configuration files, create them from sample config files, and update the database mirror URL in the freshclam.conf file. Freshclam will fetch the antivirus database updates, so...