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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
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Adobe Reader util.printf() buffer overflow

PDF is one of the most widely used formats for sharing files and documents. So, using it as a potential weapon to exploit the target machine can be a fruitful idea. Adobe Reader is the most popular PDF file reader tool. The exploit we will discuss here is a vulnerability existing in Adobe Reader prior to versions 8.1.3. The exploit works by creating a malicious PDF file which, when opened in vulnerable versions of Adobe Reader, causes a buffer overflow and allows an arbitrary code execution.

Getting ready

The exploit process is very similar to those we have discussed so far in this chapter. Almost all client-side attacks work in a similar manner in which we first generate a malicious file/link and then somehow ask the target user to execute it on his/her machine. So a client-side attack involves Social Engineering as well. Let us move on to this exploit. Here, our target machine is Windows XP SP3 running Adobe Reader version 8.1.

We will start with...