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Python for Offensive PenTest

By : Hussam Khrais
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Python for Offensive PenTest

By: Hussam Khrais

Overview of this book

Python is an easy-to-learn and cross-platform programming language that has unlimited third-party libraries. Plenty of open source hacking tools are written in Python, which can be easily integrated within your script. This book is packed with step-by-step instructions and working examples to make you a skilled penetration tester. It is divided into clear bite-sized chunks, so you can learn at your own pace and focus on the areas of most interest to you. This book will teach you how to code a reverse shell and build an anonymous shell. You will also learn how to hack passwords and perform a privilege escalation on Windows with practical examples. You will set up your own virtual hacking environment in VirtualBox, which will help you run multiple operating systems for your testing environment. By the end of this book, you will have learned how to code your own scripts and mastered ethical hacking from scratch.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
Packt Upsell

Antivirus free keylogger

In this section, we will code a simple software keylogger, purely in Python. To do so, we will be using a library called pyHook. The pyHook library wraps the low-level mouse and keyboard hooks in Windows. As per the pyHook documentation, any application that wishes to receive notification from a global input event must have a Windows message pump. For this, we need another library, called pywin.

So, let's start by installing these libraries.

Installing pyHook and pywin

You can download the pyHook library from and install it easily following the on-screen instructions.  


Make sure that you do not have another Python instance running in the background or you will get an error during installation.

The pywin library can also be installed in the same manner. You can download the library from

Adding code to keylogger

The following is the script for...