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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

Passive information gathering 2.0 – the next level

Every security professional is aware of the information gathering techniques discussed in the previous recipe. But there are some techniques which analysts neglect because of their reduced popularity and awareness, but they can produce results as good as the previous techniques. The techniques we will discuss here will involve a deeper analysis of our target, though we will still be using a passive technique. These techniques do not require the use of Metasploit, but since information gathering is an important field for penetration testing, we will discuss it here.

Getting ready

We will understand three techniques here in this recipe:

  • Zone transfer: This can be performed using the terminal.

  • SMTP header: For this technique, we will require an e-mail that is sent by the target to the penetration tester.

  • Google dork: This is a simple, yet useful, technique of gaining information through a search engine.

Let us start with zone transfer.