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Metasploit Penetration Testing Cookbook

By : Abhinav Singh
Book Image

Metasploit Penetration Testing Cookbook

By: Abhinav Singh

Overview of this book

Metasploit® software helps security and IT professionals identify security issues, verify vulnerability mitigations, and manage expert-driven security assessments. Capabilities include smart exploitation, password auditing, web application scanning, and social engineering. Teams can collaborate in Metasploit and present their findings in consolidated reports. The goal of the software is to provide a clear understanding of the critical vulnerabilities in any environment and to manage those risks.Metasploit Penetration Testing Cookbook targets both professionals and beginners to the framework. The chapters of the book are logically arranged with an increasing level of complexity and cover Metasploit aspects ranging from pre-exploitation to the post-exploitation phase thoroughly. The recipe structure of the book provides a good mix of both theoretical understanding and practical implementation. This book will help readers in thinking from a hacker's perspective to dig out the flaws in target networks and also to leverage the powers of Metasploit to compromise them. It will take your penetration skills to the next level.The book starts with the basics such as gathering information about your target and gradually covers advanced topics like building your own framework scripts and modules. The book goes deep into operating systems-based penetration testing techniques and moves ahead with client-based exploitation methodologies. In the post- exploitation phase, it covers meterpreter, antivirus bypass, ruby wonders, exploit building, porting exploits to framework, and third party tools like armitage, and SET. Metasploit Penetration Testing Cookbook is the required guide to penetration testing and exploitation.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Metasploit Penetration Testing Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Configuring Metasploit on Ubuntu

The Metasploit framework has full support for Ubuntu-based Linux operating systems. The installation process is a bit different from that of Windows.

Getting ready

Download the setup from the official Metasploit website (

Again, you will have the option to choose either a minimal setup or full setup. Choose your download according to your need. The full setup will include all the dependencies, database setup, environment etc whereas the minimal setup will only contain the dependencies with no database setup.

How to do it...

The process for installing a full setup is a bit different from a minimal setup. Let us analyze each of them:

  • Full installer: You will need to execute the following commands to install the framework on your Ubuntu machine:

    $ chmod +x framework-4.*
    $ sudo ./framework-4.*
  • Minimal installer: You will need to execute the following commands to install the framework with minimal options:

    $ chmod +x framework-4.*
    $ sudo ./framework-4.*

How it works...

The installation process demonstrated above is a simple Ubuntu-based installation procedure for almost all software. Once the installation is complete, you can run hash –r to reload your path.


This installation process can be followed on almost all flavors and versions of Linux.

There's more...

Now let's talk about some other options, or possibly some pieces of general information that are relevant to this task.

Error during installation

There can be chances that the installer may not work for you for some reason. Some versions of Ubuntu come with broken libraries of the Ruby language, which may be one of the reasons for the installation failure. In that case, we can install the dependencies separately by executing the following commands:

For installing Ruby dependencies run:

$ sudo apt-get install ruby libopenssl-ruby libyaml-ruby libdl-ruby     libiconv-ruby libreadline-ruby irb ri rubygems

For installing the subversion client run:

$ sudo apt-get install subversion

For building native extensions run:

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential ruby-dev libpcap-dev

After installing the following dependencies, download the Metasploit Unix tarball from the official Metasploit download page and execute the following commands:

$ tar xf framework-4.X.tar.gz
$ sudo mkdir -p /opt/metasploit4
$ sudo cp -a msf4/ /opt/metasploit3/msf4
$ sudo chown root:root -R /opt/metasploit4/msf4
$ sudo ln -sf /opt/metasploit3/msf3/msf* /usr/local/bin/

On successful execution of the preceding commands, the framework will be up and running to receive your instructions.