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Learn Kali Linux 2019

By : Glen D. Singh
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Learn Kali Linux 2019

By: Glen D. Singh

Overview of this book

The current rise in hacking and security breaches makes it more important than ever to effectively pentest your environment, ensuring endpoint protection. This book will take you through the latest version of Kali Linux and help you use various tools and techniques to efficiently deal with crucial security aspects. Through real-world examples, you’ll understand how to set up a lab and later explore core penetration testing concepts. Throughout the course of this book, you’ll get up to speed with gathering sensitive information and even discover different vulnerability assessment tools bundled in Kali Linux 2019. In later chapters, you’ll gain insights into concepts such as social engineering, attacking wireless networks, exploitation of web applications and remote access connections to further build on your pentesting skills. You’ll also focus on techniques such as bypassing controls, attacking the end user and maintaining persistence access through social media. Finally, this pentesting book covers best practices for performing complex penetration testing techniques in a highly secured environment. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to use Kali Linux to detect vulnerabilities and secure your system by applying penetration testing techniques of varying complexity.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
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Section 1: Kali Linux Basics
Section 2: Reconnaissance
Section 3: Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing with Kali Linux 2019

Information gathering

During the earlier parts of this book, specifically in Chapter 5, Passive Information Gathering, and Chapter 6, Active Information Gathering, we discussed the importance of performing extensive reconnaissance on a target, whether it's a single system, network, or even a website. Each penetration test has a set of guidelines and stages. As you may recall, the following are the stages of penetration testing:

  1. Reconnaissance (information gathering)
  2. Scanning (and enumeration)
  3. Exploitation (gaining access)
  4. Maintaining access
  5. Covering tracks

Gathering as much information as possible about a target helps us to determine whether the target has any security vulnerabilities and whether it's possible to exploit them. In the following section, we will begin by learning how to discover technologies that are being used on a website.