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Penetration Testing Bootcamp

By : Jason Beltrame
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Penetration Testing Bootcamp

By: Jason Beltrame

Overview of this book

Penetration Testing Bootcamp delivers practical, learning modules in manageable chunks. Each chapter is delivered in a day, and each day builds your competency in Penetration Testing. This book will begin by taking you through the basics and show you how to set up and maintain the C&C Server. You will also understand how to scan for vulnerabilities and Metasploit, learn how to setup connectivity to a C&C server and maintain that connectivity for your intelligence gathering as well as offsite processing. Using TCPDump filters, you will gain understanding of the sniffing and spoofing traffic. This book will also teach you the importance of clearing up the tracks you leave behind after the penetration test and will show you how to build a report from all the data obtained from the penetration test. In totality, this book will equip you with instructions through rigorous tasks, practical callouts, and assignments to reinforce your understanding of penetration testing.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback


With the background information on vulnerability scanning complete, let's jump into the heart of vulnerability scanning and start checking some hosts. Like I mentioned earlier, there is a plethora of vulnerability scanning products out there. However, for my lab, I will be utilizing OpenVAS, which is a free, open source tool.


Even through we are using OpenVAS in this lab, don't think this is a required scanner. If you have a subscription to some of the paid scanners, or if you prefer the use of another tool, feel free to use that. The syntax, execution, and process of the scans may be different; however, the overall results should be the same.

OpenVAS was a fork of the Nessus product, so it has a great history. OpenVAS is an extremely powerful scanner, but can be difficult to get the hang of. There is a defined structure to OpenVAS, which is labeled in this figure:

Network vulnerability tests, or NVT's, are the defined tests that are brought into the scanner to be used in scans...