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Metasploit Penetration Testing Cookbook. - Third Edition

By : Nipun Jaswal, Daniel Teixeira, Abhinav Singh, Monika Agarwal
Book Image

Metasploit Penetration Testing Cookbook. - Third Edition

By: Nipun Jaswal, Daniel Teixeira, Abhinav Singh, Monika Agarwal

Overview of this book

Metasploit is the world's leading penetration testing tool and helps security and IT professionals find, exploit, and validate vulnerabilities. Metasploit allows penetration testing automation, password auditing, web application scanning, social engineering, post exploitation, evidence collection, and reporting. Metasploit's integration with InsightVM (or Nexpose), Nessus, OpenVas, and other vulnerability scanners provides a validation solution that simplifies vulnerability prioritization and remediation reporting. Teams can collaborate in Metasploit and present their findings in consolidated reports. In this book, you will go through great recipes that will allow you to start using Metasploit effectively. With an ever increasing level of complexity, and covering everything from the fundamentals to more advanced features in Metasploit, this book is not just for beginners but also for professionals keen to master this awesome tool. You will begin by building your lab environment, setting up Metasploit, and learning how to perform intelligence gathering, threat modeling, vulnerability analysis, exploitation, and post exploitation—all inside Metasploit. You will learn how to create and customize payloads to evade anti-virus software and bypass an organization's defenses, exploit server vulnerabilities, attack client systems, compromise mobile phones, automate post exploitation, install backdoors, run keyloggers, highjack webcams, port public exploits to the framework, create your own modules, and much more.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
Packt Upsell

Active information gathering with Metasploit

Scanning is an active information gathering technique in which we will now start dealing with the target directly. Port scanning is an interesting process of information gathering. It involves a deeper search of the target machine, but since active port scanning involves reaching out to the target systems, these activities can be detected by firewalls and intrusion prevention systems.

How to do it...

There are a variety of port scanners available to us within the Metasploit Framework, allowing us to properly enumerate the target systems. To list all the available portscan modules, you can use the search command, as follows:

TCP Port Scanner

We can start by doing a basic TCP portscan with the TCP Port Scanner auxiliary module and see what we can find.


Since the TCP Port Scanner auxiliary module does not need administrative privileges on the source machine, it can be extremely useful when pivoting.

To run the TCP Port Scanner auxiliary module, we...