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BackTrack 4: Assuring Security by Penetration Testing

Shakeel Ali, Tedi Heriyanto

Master the art of penetration testing with BackTrack
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849513944
Paperback392 pages

About This Book

  • Learn the black-art of penetration testing with in-depth coverage of BackTrack Linux distribution
  • Explore the insights and importance of testing your corporate network systems before hackers strike it
  • Understand the practical spectrum of security tools by their exemplary usage, configuration, and benefits
  • Fully illustrated with practical examples, step-by-step instructions, and useful tips to cover the best-of-breed security assessment tools

Who This Book Is For

If you are an IT security professional or network administrator who has a basic knowledge of Unix/Linux operating systems including awareness of information security factors, and you want to use BackTrack for penetration testing, then this book is for you.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Beginning with BackTrack
BackTrack purpose
Getting BackTrack
Using BackTrack
Configuring network connection
Updating BackTrack
Installing additional weapons
Customizing BackTrack
Chapter 2: Penetration Testing Methodology
Types of penetration testing
Vulnerability assessment versus penetration testing
Security testing methodologies
BackTrack testing methodology
The ethics
Chapter 3: Target Scoping
Gathering client requirements
Preparing the test plan
Profiling test boundaries
Defining business objectives
Project management and scheduling
Chapter 4: Information Gathering
Public resources
Document gathering
DNS information
Route information
Utilizing search engines
All-in-one intelligence gathering
Documenting the information
Chapter 5: Target Discovery
Identifying the target machine
OS fingerprinting
Chapter 6: Enumerating Target
Port scanning
Service enumeration
VPN enumeration
Chapter 7: Vulnerability Mapping
Types of vulnerabilities
Vulnerability taxonomy
Open Vulnerability Assessment System (OpenVAS)
Cisco analysis
Fuzzy analysis
SMB analysis
SNMP analysis
Web application analysis
Chapter 8: Social Engineering
Modeling human psychology
Attack process
Attack methods
Social Engineering Toolkit (SET)
Common User Passwords Profiler (CUPP)
Chapter 9: Target Exploitation
Vulnerability research
Vulnerability and exploit repositories
Advanced exploitation toolkit
Chapter 10: Privilege Escalation
Attacking the password
Network sniffers
Network spoofing tools
Chapter 11: Maintaining Access
Protocol tunneling
End-to-end connection
Chapter 12: Documentation and Reporting
Documentation and results verification
Types of reports
Post testing procedures

What You Will Learn

  • Initiate the BackTrack OS environment in your test lab by installing, configuring, running, and updating its core system components
  • Draw a formal BackTrack testing methodology
  • Scope your target with definitive test requirements, limitations, and business objectives, and schedule the test plan
  • Gain practical experience with a number of security tools from BackTrack logically divided into sub-categories of testing methodology
  • Practice the process of reconnaissance, discovery, enumeration, vulnerability mapping, social engineering, exploitation, privilege escalation, and maintaining access to your target for evaluation purposes
  • Document, report, and present your verified test results to the relevant authorities in a formal reporting structure
  • Assess the various technologies comprising your target information system's environment, such as web applications, network administration servers, workstations, Cisco devices, firewalls, load balancers, routers, switches, intrusion detection and prevention devices, and many more
  • Examine and research the vulnerability in greater detail before attempting to exploit it by taking control of the target, thus reducing any false positives
  • Exploit human vulnerability by wrapping yourself with the art of deception to acquire the target

In Detail

BackTrack is a penetration testing and security auditing platform with advanced tools to identify, detect, and exploit any vulnerabilities uncovered in the target network environment. Applying appropriate testing methodology with defined business objectives and a scheduled test plan will result in robust penetration testing of your network.

BackTrack 4: Assuring Security by Penetration Testing is a fully focused, structured book providing guidance on developing practical penetration testing skills by demonstrating the cutting-edge hacker tools and techniques in a coherent step-by-step strategy. It offers all the essential lab preparation and testing procedures to reflect real-world attack scenarios from your business perspective in today's digital age.

The authors' experience and expertise enables them to reveal the industry's best approach for logical and systematic penetration testing.

The first and so far only book on BackTrack OS starts with lab preparation and testing procedures, explaining the basic installation and configuration set up, discussing types of penetration testing (black-box and white-box), uncovering open security testing methodologies, and proposing the BackTrack specific testing process. The authors discuss a number of security assessment tools necessary to conduct penetration testing in their respective categories (target scoping, information gathering, discovery, enumeration, vulnerability mapping, social engineering, exploitation, privilege escalation, maintaining access, and reporting), following the formal testing methodology. Each of these tools is illustrated with real-world examples to highlight their practical usage and proven configuration techniques. The authors also provide extra weaponry treasures and cite key resources that may be crucial to any professional penetration tester.

This book serves as a single professional, practical, and expert guide to developing hardcore penetration testing skills from scratch. You will be trained to make the best use of BackTrack OS either in a commercial environment or an experimental test bed.


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