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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

Penetration testing on a Windows XP SP2 machine

Let us now get our hands into the world of exploits. To start with, we will work on the most primary, yet most widely used, operating system, Windows XP. In this recipe, we will see how we can use Metasploit to break into our target system which is running on the Windows XP machine. We will be using the commands we learnt in the previous recipe and then move ahead to select exploits and payloads, and set up various required parameters.

Getting ready

We will start our penetration testing process right from msfconsole. So, launch the console and perform a port scan to gather information about the target. We have discussed port scanning in detail in the previous chapter. Here, I will assume that you have gathered information about the target and it is running a Windows XP operating system. So let us proceed with selecting exploits and payloads.

How to do it...

To perform penetration testing on a Windows XP SP2 machine, follow these steps:

  1. The primary...