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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

Summary


In this chapter, we took a deep dive into a systematic process for overcoming security controls set by organizations as part of their internal protection. We focused on different types of NAC bypass mechanisms, how to establish a connection to the external world using tunneling anbypassing the firewalls, and also learned about every level of network, application, and operating system controls to ensure that our exploits can successfully reach the target system. Additionally, we have reviewed how to bypass antivirus detection by utilizing Veil-Evasion and Shellter. We also saw how different Windows operating system security controls such as UAC, application whitelisting, and other Active Directory-specific controls put in place can be easily circumvented using the Metasploit framework.

In the next chapter, we will examine various means of exploiting systems, including both public exploits, exploit frameworks such as the Metasploit framework, Empire PowerShell project and craft Windows...