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Metasploit Penetration Testing Cookbook

Abhinav Singh

Over 70 recipes to master the most widely used penetration testing framework with this book and ebook.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849517423
Paperback268 pages

About This Book

  • More than 80 recipes/practicaltasks that will escalate the reader’s knowledge from beginner to an advanced level
  • Special focus on the latest operating systems, exploits, and penetration testing techniques
  • Detailed analysis of third party tools based on the Metasploit framework to enhance the penetration testing experience

Who This Book Is For

This book targets both professional penetration testers as well as new users of Metasploit who wish to gain expertise over the framework. The book requires basic knowledge of scanning, exploitation, and Ruby language.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Metasploit Quick Tips for Security Professionals
Configuring Metasploit on Windows
Configuring Metasploit on Ubuntu
Metasploit with BackTrack 5 – the ultimate combination
Setting up the penetration testing lab on a single machine
Setting up Metasploit on a virtual machine with SSH connectivity
Beginning with the interfaces – the "Hello World" of Metasploit
Setting up the database in Metasploit
Using the database to store penetration testing results
Analyzing the stored results of the database
Chapter 2: Information Gathering and Scanning
Passive information gathering 1.0 – the traditional way
Passive information gathering 2.0 – the next level
Port scanning – the Nmap way
Exploring auxiliary modules for scanning
Target service scanning with auxiliary modules
Vulnerability scanning with Nessus
Scanning with NeXpose
Sharing information with the Dradis framework
Chapter 3: Operating System-based Vulnerability Assessment and Exploitation
Exploit usage quick tips
Penetration testing on a Windows XP SP2 machine
Binding a shell to the target for remote access
Penetration testing on the Windows 2003 Server
Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 SMB client infinite loop
Exploiting a Linux (Ubuntu) machine
Understanding the Windows DLL injection flaws
Chapter 4: Client-side Exploitation and Antivirus Bypass
Internet Explorer unsafe scripting misconfiguration vulnerability
Internet Explorer CSS recursive call memory corruption
Microsoft Word RTF stack buffer overflow
Adobe Reader util.printf() buffer overflow
Generating binary and shellcode from msfpayload
Bypassing client-side antivirus protection using msfencode
Using the killav.rb script to disable antivirus programs
A deeper look into the killav.rb script
Killing antivirus services from the command line
Chapter 5: Using Meterpreter to Explore the Compromised Target
Analyzing meterpreter system commands
Privilege escalation and process migration
Setting up multiple communication channels with the target
Meterpreter filesystem commands
Changing file attributes using timestomp
Using meterpreter networking commands
The getdesktop and keystroke sniffing
Using a scraper meterpreter script
Chapter 6: Advanced Meterpreter Scripting
Passing the hash
Setting up a persistent connection with backdoors
Pivoting with meterpreter
Port forwarding with meterpreter
Meterpreter API and mixins
Railgun – converting Ruby into a weapon
Adding DLL and function definition to Railgun
Building a "Windows Firewall De-activator" meterpreter script
Analyzing an existing meterpreter script
Chapter 7: Working with Modules for Penetration Testing
Working with scanner auxiliary modules
Working with auxiliary admin modules
SQL injection and DOS attack modules
Post-exploitation modules
Understanding the basics of module building
Analyzing an existing module
Building your own post-exploitation module
Chapter 8: Working with Exploits
Exploiting the module structure
Common exploit mixins
Working with msfvenom
Converting exploit to a Metasploit module
Porting and testing the new exploit module
Fuzzing with Metasploit
Writing a simple FileZilla FTP fuzzer
Chapter 9: Working with Armitage
Getting started with Armitage
Scanning and information gathering
Finding vulnerabilities and attacking targets
Handling multiple targets using the tab switch
Post-exploitation with Armitage
Client-side exploitation with Armitage
Chapter 10: Social Engineer Toolkit
Getting started with Social Engineer Toolkit (SET)
Working with the SET config file
Spear-phishing attack vector
Website attack vectors
Multi-attack web method
Infectious media generator

What You Will Learn

  • Set up a complete penetration testing environment using metasploit and virtual machines
  • Learn to penetration-test popular operating systems such as Windows7, Windows 2008 Server, Ubuntu etc.
  • Get familiar with penetration testing based on client side exploitation techniques with detailed analysis of vulnerabilities and codes
  • Avail of exclusive coverage of antivirus bypassing techniques using metasploit
  • Master post-exploitation techniques such as exploring the target, keystrokes capturing, sniffing, pivoting, setting persistent connections etc.
  • Build and analyze meterpreter scripts in Ruby
  • Build and export exploits to framework
  • Use extension tools like Armitage, SET etc.

In Detail

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.


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