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The Penetration Tester’s Guide

by David Kennedy, Jim O’Gorman, Devon Kearns, and Mati Aharoni

July 2011, 328 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-59327-288-3

“The best guide to the Metasploit Framework.”

—HD Moore, Founder of the Metasploit Project

The Metasploit Framework makes discovering, exploiting, and sharing vulnerabilities quick and relatively painless. But while Metasploit is used by security professionals everywhere, the tool can be hard to grasp for first-time users. Metasploit: The Penetration Tester’s Guide fills this gap by teaching you how to harness the Framework and interact with the vibrant community of Metasploit contributors.

Once you’ve built your foundation for penetration testing, you’ll learn the Framework’s conventions, interfaces, and module system as you launch simulated attacks. You’ll move on to advanced penetration testing techniques, including network reconnaissance and enumeration, client-side attacks, wireless attacks, and targeted social-engineering attacks.

Learn how to:

  • Find and exploit unmaintained, misconfigured, and unpatched systems
  • Perform reconnaissance and find valuable information about your target
  • Bypass anti-virus technologies and circumvent security controls
  • Integrate Nmap, NeXpose, and Nessus with Metasploit to automate discovery
  • Use the Meterpreter shell to launch further attacks from inside the network
  • Harness standalone Metasploit utilities, third-party tools, and plug-ins
  • Learn how to write your own Meterpreter post exploitation modules and scripts

You’ll even touch on exploit discovery for zero-day research, write a fuzzer, port existing exploits into the Framework, and learn how to cover your tracks. Whether your goal is to secure your own networks or to put someone else’s to the test, Metasploit: The Penetration Tester’s Guide will take you there and beyond.

About the Author

David Kennedy is Chief Information Security Officer at Diebold Incorporated and creator of the Social-Engineer Toolkit (SET), Fast-Track, and other open source tools. He is on the Back|Track and Exploit-Database development team and is a core member of the Social-Engineer podcast and framework. Kennedy has presented at a number of security conferences including Black Hat, DEF CON, ShmooCon, Security B-Sides, and more.

Jim O’Gorman (Elwood) is a professional penetration tester, an instructor at Offensive Security, and manages Offensive Security’s consulting services. Jim has lived online from the times of BBS’s, to FidoNet, to when SLIP connections were the new hotness. Jim spends time on network intrusion simulation, digital investigations, and malware analysis. When not working on various security issues, Jim spends his time assisting his children in their attempts to fight Zombie hordes.

Devon Kearns is an instructor at Offensive-Security, a Back|Track Linux developer, and administrator of The Exploit Database. He has contributed a number of Metasploit exploit modules and is the maintainer of the Metasploit Unleashed wiki.

Mati Aharoni is the creator of the Back|Track Linux distribution and founder of Offensive-Security, the industry leader in security training.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: The Absolute Basics of Penetration Testing
  • Chapter 2: Metasploit Basics
  • Chapter 3: Intelligence Gathering
  • Chapter 4: Vulnerability Scanning
  • Chapter 5: The Joy of Exploitation
  • Chapter 6: Meterpreter
  • Chapter 7: Avoiding Detection
  • Chapter 8: Exploitation Using Client-side Attacks
  • Chapter 9: Metasploit Auxiliary Modules
  • Chapter 10: The Social-Engineer Toolkit
  • Chapter 11: Fast-Track
  • Chapter 13: Building Your Own Module
  • Chapter 14: Creating Your Own Exploits
  • Chapter 15: Porting Exploits to the Metasploit Framework
  • Chapter 16: Meterpreter Scripting
  • Chapter 17: Simulated Penetration Test
  • Appendix A: Configuring Your Target Machines
  • Appendix B: Cheat Sheet

View the detailed Table of Contents (metasploit_toc)

View the Index (metasploit_index)

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