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Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly-Secured Environments: The Ultimate Security Guide

By : Lee Allen
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Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly-Secured Environments: The Ultimate Security Guide

By: Lee Allen

Overview of this book

The internet security field has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade. Everyday more people around the globe gain access to the internet and not all of them with good intentions. The need for penetration testers has grown now that the security industryhas had time to mature. Simply running a vulnerability scanner is a thing of the past and is no longer an effective method of determining a business's true security posture. Learn effective penetration testing skills so that you can effectively meet and manage the rapidly changing security needs of your company. Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly-Secured Environments will teach you how to efficiently and effectively ensure the security posture of environments that have been secured using IDS/IPS, firewalls, network segmentation, hardened system configurations and more. The stages of a penetration test are clearly defined and addressed using step-by-step instructions that you can follow on your own virtual lab.The book follows the standard penetration testing stages from start to finish with step-by-step examples. The book thoroughly covers penetration test expectations, proper scoping and planning, as well as enumeration and footprinting. You'll learn how to clean up and compile proof of concept, exploit code from the web, advanced web application testing techniques, client side attacks, post exploitation strategies, detection avoidance methods, generation of well defined reports and metrics, and setting up a penetration testing virtual lab that mimics a secured environment. The book closes by issuing a challenge to your skills and ability to perform a full penetration test against a fictional corporation; followed by a detailed walk through of the solution.Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly-Secured Environments is packed with detailed examples that reinforce enumeration, exploitation, post-exploitation, reporting skills and more.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly-Secured Environments: The Ultimate Security Guide
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Creating network baselines with scanPBNJ

When performing a penetration test it is important to know when and what changed over a period of time. Administrators are typically overworked and will probably still need to get work completed while you are doing your testing. One method of ensuring that you are not playing on an ever changing field is to grab a baseline of the network you are testing. PBNJ is very capable of this task. The website for scanPBNJ is located at and the tool is also available as part of the BackTrack 5 R1 distribution. The key item of note about scanPBNJ is that it uses Nmap to scan the network and then stores the results in a database for you along with timestamps of when the scan had been performed.

Setting up MySQL for PBNJ

BackTrack comes with MySQL preinstalled. We will take advantage of this and have PBNJ deposit our scan findings into a MySQL database that will prepare.

Starting MySQL

Type the following at the command line:

# service mysql...