Penetration Testing: A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking by Georgia Weidman

By Georgia Weidman

Penetration testers simulate cyber assaults to discover protection weaknesses in networks, working platforms, and functions. details safety specialists around the world use penetration thoughts to guage company defenses.

In Penetration trying out, protection professional, researcher, and coach Georgia Weidman introduces you to the middle abilities and methods that each pentester wishes. utilizing a digital machine–based lab that incorporates Kali Linux and susceptible working structures, you’ll run via a chain of sensible classes with instruments like Wireshark, Nmap, and Burp Suite. As you stick with besides the labs and release assaults, you’ll event the most important levels of a precise assessment—including info accumulating, discovering exploitable vulnerabilities, having access to platforms, publish exploitation, and more.

Learn how to:

Crack passwords and instant community keys with brute-forcing and wordlists
attempt internet purposes for vulnerabilities
Use the Metasploit Framework to release exploits and write your personal Metasploit modules
Automate social-engineering attacks
pass antivirus software
flip entry to 1 computer into overall regulate of the company within the put up exploitation phase

You’ll even discover writing your individual exploits. Then it’s directly to cellular hacking—Weidman’s specific zone of research—with her device, the telephone Pentest Framework.

With its selection of hands-on classes that hide key instruments and techniques, Penetration checking out is the advent that each aspiring hacker needs.
About the Author

Georgia Weidman is a penetration tester and researcher, in addition to the founding father of Bulb protection, a safety consulting enterprise. She provides at meetings worldwide, together with Black Hat, ShmooCon, and DerbyCon, and teaches sessions on subject matters resembling penetration trying out, cellular hacking, and make the most improvement. She was once offered a DARPA Cyber quickly tune supply to proceed her paintings in cellular machine security.

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The private network translates outgoing traffic from the virtual machine to the local network. On the local network, traffic from the virtual machine will appear to come from the host machine’s IP address. The host-only network limits the virtual machine to a local private network on the host. The virtual machine will be able to communicate with other virtual machines in the host-only network as well as the host machine itself, but it will not be able to send or receive any traffic with the local network or the Internet.

In the information-gathering phase, the pentester searches for publicly available information about the client and identifies potential ways to connect to its systems. In the threat-modeling phase, the tester uses this information to determine the value of each finding and the impact to the client if the finding permitted an attacker to break into a system. This evaluation allows the pentester to develop an action plan and methods of attack. Before the pentester can start attacking systems, he or she performs a vulnerability analysis.

If you encounter any problems installing VMware, you’ll find plenty of support at the VMware website. Setting Up Kali Linux Kali Linux is a Debian-based Linux distribution that comes with a wide variety of preinstalled security tools that we’ll use throughout this book. 6, the current version as of this writing. com/pentesting/). As time passes, newer versions of Kali will be released. org/. Keep in mind, though, that many of the tools we’ll use in this book are in active development, so if you use a newer version of Kali, some of the exercises may differ from the walkthroughs in this book.

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