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Metasploit Penetration Testing Cookbook

By : Abhinav Singh
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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

Scanning and information gathering

Moving ahead from our first recipe, we can now start working with Armitage once it is up and running. In this recipe, we will start with the most basic step of penetration testing, that is, scanning and information gathering. Let's perform an Nmap scan in Armitage and see what result is displayed on the GUI.

Getting ready

To launch an Nmap scan, you can click on Hosts and then Nmap Scan, as shown in the following screenshot. Let us do a quick operating system detection scan and see if any hosts are alive or not:

Giving a quick look at the Armitage window, there is a search panel on the left where we can search for all different modules present in the framework, which is not as easy when working with msfconsole. Further, we can see the MSF Console panel from where we can execute any Metasploit command that we have learned so far. So we have the power of both GUI, as well as the command line when we are working with Armitage.

How to do it...

To perform scanning...