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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

Working with auxiliary modules

We have already seen some auxiliary modules back in Chapter 2, Information Gathering and Scanning, so in this recipe we will focus on some of the most used and helpful auxiliary modules.

Getting ready

To list available auxiliary modules, we can use the show auxiliary command within msfconsole:

With almost 1,000 auxiliary modules, Metasploit is probably one of the most complete penetration frameworks out there.

How to do it...

We will start with one of the most useful HTTP auxiliary modules, the HTTP Directory Scanner. This module identifies the existence of interesting directories in a given directory path. By default, it uses the wmap_dirs.txt word dictionary but you can specify your own; to run the module we need to set the target IP address, range, or CIDR identifier.

  1. In this example, I used the IP address of the Metasploitable 2 target machine:
msf > use auxiliary/scanner/http/dir_scanner
msf auxiliary(scanner/http/dir_scanner) > set RHOSTS