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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
About Packt

Google Hacking Database

Lately, Google is the way in which people keep themselves updated; "Google it" are the common words used to refer to searching for anything that is unknown, or to gather relevant information on the topic in question. In this section, we will narrow down how penetration testers can utilize Google through dorks.


What is a dork ?

Dork is used for a person who is socially inept or socially awkward, or someone who doesn’t care about anything in practice.

Using dork scripts to query Google

The first step to understanding Google Hacking Database is that the testers must understand all the advanced Google operators, just like how machine-level programming engineers must understand computer OP codes. These Google operators are part of the Google query process, and the syntax of searching is as follows:


There is no space between operator, the colon (:), and itemthatyouwanttosearch. The following table lists all the advanced Google operators: