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Metasploit Bootcamp

By : Nipun Jaswal
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Metasploit Bootcamp

By: Nipun Jaswal

Overview of this book

The book starts with a hands-on Day 1 chapter, covering the basics of the Metasploit framework and preparing the readers for a self-completion exercise at the end of every chapter. The Day 2 chapter dives deep into the use of scanning and fingerprinting services with Metasploit while helping the readers to modify existing modules according to their needs. Following on from the previous chapter, Day 3 will focus on exploiting various types of service and client-side exploitation while Day 4 will focus on post-exploitation, and writing quick scripts that helps with gathering the required information from the exploited systems. The Day 5 chapter presents the reader with the techniques involved in scanning and exploiting various services, such as databases, mobile devices, and VOIP. The Day 6 chapter prepares the reader to speed up and integrate Metasploit with leading industry tools for penetration testing. Finally, Day 7 brings in sophisticated attack vectors and challenges based on the user’s preparation over the past six days and ends with a Metasploit challenge to solve.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Metasploit and privilege escalation

In this section, we will look at using Metasploit to obtain the highest level of privileges on the target system. Most of the applications we are targeting run on user-level privileges, which provide us with general access but not access to the complete system. However, to obtain system-level access, we need to escalate privileges using vulnerabilities in the target system after gaining access to the system. Let us see how we can achieve system-level access to various types of operating system in the next sections.

Escalating privileges on Windows Server 2008

During a penetration test, we often run into situations where we have limited access, and, when running commands such as hashdump, we might get the following error:

In such cases, if we try achieving system privileges with the getsystem command, we get the following errors:

So, what shall we do in these cases? The answer is to escalate privileges using post-exploitation to achieve the highest level of...