Privilege Escalation Techniques

By Alexis Ahmed
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About this book

Privilege escalation is a crucial step in the exploitation life cycle of a penetration tester. It helps penetration testers to set up persistence and facilitates lateral movement. This book is one of a kind, covering a range of privilege escalation techniques and tools for both Windows and Linux systems.

The book uses virtual environments that you can download to test and run tools and techniques. Each chapter will feature an exploitation challenge in the form of pre-built virtual machines (VMs). As you progress, you will learn how to enumerate and exploit a target Linux or Windows system. This privilege escalation book then demonstrates how you can escalate your privileges to the highest level.

By the end of this book, you will have gained the skills you need to be able to perform local kernel exploits, escalate privileges through vulnerabilities in services, maintain persistence, and enumerate information from the target such as passwords and password hashes.

Publication date:
November 2021

About the Author

  • Alexis Ahmed

    Alexis Ahmed is an experienced penetration tester and security researcher with over 7 years of experience in the cybersecurity industry. He started off his career as a Linux system administrator and soon discovered a passion and aptitude for security and transitioned into a junior penetration tester. In 2017, he founded HackerSploit, a cybersecurity consultancy that specializes in penetration testing and security training, where he currently works as a senior penetration tester and trainer.

    Alexis has multiple cybersecurity certifications, ranging from the CEH and Sec+ to OSCP, and is a certified ISO 27001 associate. He is also an experienced DevSecOps engineer and helps companies secure their Docker infrastructure.

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