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Penetration Testing with the Bash shell

Keith Makan

Make the most of Bash shell and Kali Linux’s command line based security assessment tools.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849695107
Paperback150 pages

About This Book

  • Utilize the command line to create, run, and execute tests
  • Learn useful command line based information processing utilities and unlock the problem solving power of a Linux terminal
  • Practical demonstrations using in-depth explanations and screenshots to help you use the Linux Bash terminal to tackle a collection of common security-related problems.

Who This Book Is For

If you are a penetration tester, system administrator, or developer who would like an enriching and practical introduction to the Bash shell and Kali Linux command-line-based tools, this is the book for you.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting to Know Bash
Getting help from the man pages
Navigating and searching the filesystem
Using I/O redirection
Using pipes
Getting to know grep
Further reading
Chapter 2: Customizing Your Shell
Formatting the terminal output
The prompt string
Customizing the command history
Customizing tab completion
Further reading
Chapter 3: Network Reconnaissance
Interrogating the Whois servers
Interrogating the DNS servers
Enumerating targets on the local network
Further reading
Chapter 4: Exploitation and Reverse Engineering
Using the Metasploit command-line interface
Preparing payloads with Metasploit
Creating and deploying a payload
Disassembling binaries
Debugging binaries for dynamic analysis
Further reading
Chapter 5: Network Exploitation and Monitoring
MAC and ARP abuse
Man-in-the-middle attacks
Interrogating servers
Brute-forcing authentication
Traffic filtering with TCPDump
Assessing SSL implementation security
Automated web application security assessment
Further reading

What You Will Learn

  • Perform network enumeration techniques with Dig, whois, dnsenum, dnsmap, and others
  • Learn how to fuzz and reverse engineer using the Kali Linux command line tools
  • Exploit common web application vulnerabilities using skipfish, arcachi, and sqlmap
  • Accomplish man-in-the-middle attacks straight from your command line
  • Assess SSL security using sslyze and openssl
  • Carry out network traffic analysis using tcpdump

In Detail

This book teaches you to take your problem solving capabilities to the next level with the Bash shell, to assess network and application level security by leveraging the power of the command-line tools available with Kali Linux.

The book begins by introducing some of the fundamental bash scripting and information processing tools. Building on this, the next few chapters focus on detailing ways to customize your Bash shell using functionalities such as tab completion and rich text formatting. After the fundamental customization techniques and general purpose tools have been discussed, the book breaks into topics such as the command-line-based security tools in the Kali Linux operating system. The general approach in discussing these tools is to involve general purpose tools discussed in previous chapters to integrate security assessment tools. This is a one stop solution to learn Bash and solve information security problems.


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