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Mastering Kali Linux for Advanced Penetration Testing. - Third Edition

By : Vijay Kumar Velu, Robert Beggs
Book Image

Mastering Kali Linux for Advanced Penetration Testing. - Third Edition

By: Vijay Kumar Velu, Robert Beggs

Overview of this book

This book takes you, as a tester or security practitioner, through the reconnaissance, vulnerability assessment, exploitation, privilege escalation, and post-exploitation activities used by pentesters. To start with, you'll use a laboratory environment to validate tools and techniques, along with an application that supports a collaborative approach for pentesting. You'll then progress to passive reconnaissance with open source intelligence and active reconnaissance of the external and internal infrastructure. You'll also focus on how to select, use, customize, and interpret the results from different vulnerability scanners, followed by examining specific routes to the target, which include bypassing physical security and the exfiltration of data using a variety of techniques. You'll discover concepts such as social engineering, attacking wireless networks, web services, and embedded devices. Once you are confident with these topics, you'll learn the practical aspects of attacking user client systems by backdooring with fileless techniques, followed by focusing on the most vulnerable part of the network – directly attacking the end user. By the end of this book, you'll have explored approaches for carrying out advanced pentesting in tightly secured environments, understood pentesting and hacking techniques employed on embedded peripheral devices.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Title Page
Dedication
About Packt
Contributors
Preface
Index

Chapter 11. Action on the Objective and Lateral Movement

If exploiting a system is the definition of what a penetration test is, it is the action on the objective after the exploitation that gives the test its real purpose. This step demonstrates the severity of the exploit, and the impact that it could have on the organization. This chapter will focus on the immediate post-exploit activities, as well as the aspect of horizontal escalation—the process of using an exploited system as a starting point to jump off to other systems on the network.

By the end of this chapter, you will have learned about the following topics:

  • Local privilege escalation
  • Post-exploitation tools
  • Lateral movement within the target networks
  • Compromising domain trusts
  • Pivoting and port forwarding