Penetration testers simulate cyber attacks to find security weaknesses in networks, operating systems, and applications. Information security experts worldwide use penetration techniques to evaluate enterprise defenses. In Penetration Testing, security expert, researcher, and trainer Georgia Weidman introduces you to the core skills and techniques that every pentester needs. Using a virtual machine–based lab that includes Kali Linux and vulnerable operating systems, you’ll run through a series of practical lessons with tools like Wireshark, Nmap, and Burp Suite. As you follow along with the labs and launch attacks, you’ll experience the key stages of an actual assessment—including information gathering, finding exploitable vulnerabilities, gaining access to systems, post exploitation, and more. Learn how to: * Crack passwords and wireless network keys with brute-forcing and wordlists * Test web applications for vulnerabilities * Use the Metasploit Framework to launch exploits and write your own Metasploit modules * Automate social-engineering attacks * Bypass antivirus software * Turn access to one machine into total control of the enterprise in the post exploitation phase You’ll even explore writing your own exploits. Then it’s on to mobile hacking—Weidman’s particular area of research—with her tool, the Smartphone Pentest Framework. With its collection of hands-on lessons that cover key tools and strategies, Penetration Testing is the introduction that every aspiring hacker needs.
The perfect introduction to pen testing for all IT professionals and students · Clearly explains key concepts, terminology, challenges, tools, and skills · Covers the latest penetration testing standards from NSA, PCI, and NIST Welcome to today’s most useful and practical introduction to penetration testing. Chuck Easttom brings together up-to-the-minute coverage of all the concepts, terminology, challenges, and skills you’ll need to be effective. Drawing on decades of experience in cybersecurity and related IT fields, Easttom integrates theory and practice, covering the entire penetration testing life cycle from planning to reporting. You’ll gain practical experience through a start-to-finish sample project relying on free open source tools. Throughout, quizzes, projects, and review sections deepen your understanding and help you apply what you’ve learned. Including essential pen testing standards from NSA, PCI, and NIST, Penetration Testing Fundamentals will help you protect your assets–and expand your career options. LEARN HOW TO · Understand what pen testing is and how it’s used · Meet modern standards for comprehensive and effective testing · Review cryptography essentials every pen tester must know · Perform reconnaissance with Nmap, Google searches, and ShodanHq · Use malware as part of your pen testing toolkit · Test for vulnerabilities in Windows shares, scripts, WMI, and the Registry · Pen test websites and web communication · Recognize SQL injection and cross-site scripting attacks · Scan for vulnerabilities with OWASP ZAP, Vega, Nessus, and MBSA · Identify Linux vulnerabilities and password cracks · Use Kali Linux for advanced pen testing · Apply general hacking technique ssuch as fake Wi-Fi hotspots and social engineering · Systematically test your environment with Metasploit · Write or customize sophisticated Metasploit exploits
The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing serves as an introduction to the steps required to complete a penetration test or perform an ethical hack from beginning to end. This book makes ethical hacking and penetration testing easy – no prior hacking experience is required. It shows how to properly utilize and interpret the results of the modern-day hacking tools required to complete a penetration test. With a simple and clean explanation of how to effectively utilize these tools – as well as the introduction to a four-step methodology for conducting a penetration test or hack – the book provides students with the know-how required to jump start their careers and gain a better understanding of offensive security. The book is organized into 7 chapters that cover hacking tools such as Backtrack Linux, Google reconnaissance, MetaGooFil, dig, Nmap, Nessus, Metasploit, Fast Track Autopwn, Netcat, and Hacker Defender rootkit. Each chapter contains hands-on examples and exercises that are designed to teach learners how to interpret results and utilize those results in later phases. PowerPoint slides are available for use in class. This book is an ideal reference for security consultants, beginning InfoSec professionals, and students. Named a 2011 Best Hacking and Pen Testing Book by InfoSec Reviews Each chapter contains hands-on examples and exercises that are designed to teach you how to interpret the results and utilize those results in later phases. Writen by an author who works in the field as a Penetration Tester and who teaches Offensive Security, Penetration Testing, and Ethical Hacking, and Exploitation classes at Dakota State University. Utilizes the Backtrack Linus distribution and focuses on the seminal tools required to complete a penetration test.
An Introduction to Security and Penetration Testing
Author: Robert Svensson
Learn everything you need to know to become a professional security and penetration tester. It simplifies hands-on security and penetration testing by breaking down each step of the process so that finding vulnerabilities and misconfigurations becomes easy. The book explains how to methodically locate, exploit, and professionally report security weaknesses using techniques such as SQL-injection, denial-of-service attacks, and password hacking. Although From Hacking to Report Writing will give you the technical know-how needed to carry out advanced security tests, it also offers insight into crafting professional looking reports describing your work and how your customers can benefit from it. The book will give you the tools you need to clearly communicate the benefits of high-quality security and penetration testing to IT-management, executives and other stakeholders. Embedded in the book are a number of on-the-job stories that will give you a good understanding of how you can apply what you have learned to real-world situations. We live in a time where computer security is more important than ever. Staying one step ahead of hackers has never been a bigger challenge. From Hacking to Report Writing clarifies how you can sleep better at night knowing that your network has been thoroughly tested. What you’ll learn Clearly understand why security and penetration testing is important Find vulnerabilities in any system using the same techniques as hackers do Write professional looking reports Know which security and penetration testing method to apply for any given situation Successfully hold together a security and penetration test project Who This Book Is For Aspiring security and penetration testers, security consultants, security and penetration testers, IT managers, and security researchers.
A complete pentesting guide facilitating smooth backtracking for working hackers About This Book Conduct network testing, surveillance, pen testing and forensics on MS Windows using Kali Linux Gain a deep understanding of the flaws in web applications and exploit them in a practical manner Pentest Android apps and perform various attacks in the real world using real case studies Who This Book Is For This course is for anyone who wants to learn about security. Basic knowledge of Android programming would be a plus. What You Will Learn Exploit several common Windows network vulnerabilities Recover lost files, investigate successful hacks, and discover hidden data in innocent-looking files Expose vulnerabilities present in web servers and their applications using server-side attacks Use SQL and cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks Check for XSS flaws using the burp suite proxy Acquaint yourself with the fundamental building blocks of Android Apps in the right way Take a look at how your personal data can be stolen by malicious attackers See how developers make mistakes that allow attackers to steal data from phones In Detail The need for penetration testers has grown well over what the IT industry ever anticipated. Running just a vulnerability scanner is no longer an effective method to determine whether a business is truly secure. This learning path will help you develop the most effective penetration testing skills to protect your Windows, web applications, and Android devices. The first module focuses on the Windows platform, which is one of the most common OSes, and managing its security spawned the discipline of IT security. Kali Linux is the premier platform for testing and maintaining Windows security. Employs the most advanced tools and techniques to reproduce the methods used by sophisticated hackers. In this module first,you'll be introduced to Kali's top ten tools and other useful reporting tools. Then, you will find your way around your target network and determine known vulnerabilities so you can exploit a system remotely. You'll not only learn to penetrate in the machine, but will also learn to work with Windows privilege escalations. The second module will help you get to grips with the tools used in Kali Linux 2.0 that relate to web application hacking. You will get to know about scripting and input validation flaws, AJAX, and security issues related to AJAX. You will also use an automated technique called fuzzing so you can identify flaws in a web application. Finally, you'll understand the web application vulnerabilities and the ways they can be exploited. In the last module, you'll get started with Android security. Android, being the platform with the largest consumer base, is the obvious primary target for attackers. You'll begin this journey with the absolute basics and will then slowly gear up to the concepts of Android rooting, application security assessments, malware, infecting APK files, and fuzzing. You'll gain the skills necessary to perform Android application vulnerability assessments and to create an Android pentesting lab. This Learning Path is a blend of content from the following Packt products: Kali Linux 2: Windows Penetration Testing by Wolf Halton and Bo Weaver Web Penetration Testing with Kali Linux, Second Edition by Juned Ahmed Ansari Hacking Android by Srinivasa Rao Kotipalli and Mohammed A. Imran Style and approach This course uses easy-to-understand yet professional language for explaining concepts to test your network's security.
OpenBSD’s stateful packet filter, PF, is the heart of the OpenBSD firewall. With more and more services placing high demands on bandwidth and an increasingly hostile Internet environment, no sysadmin can afford to be without PF expertise. The third edition of The Book of PF covers the most up-to-date developments in PF, including new content on IPv6, dual stack configurations, the “queues and priorities” traffic-shaping system, NAT and redirection, wireless networking, spam fighting, failover provisioning, logging, and more. You’ll also learn how to: * Create rule sets for all kinds of network traffic, whether crossing a simple LAN, hiding behind NAT, traversing DMZs, or spanning bridges or wider networks * Set up wireless networks with access points, and lock them down using authpf and special access restrictions * Maximize flexibility and service availability via CARP, relayd, and redirection * Build adaptive firewalls to proactively defend against attackers and spammers * Harness OpenBSD’s latest traffic-shaping system to keep your network responsive, and convert your existing ALTQ configurations to the new system * Stay in control of your traffic with monitoring and visualization tools (including NetFlow) The Book of PF is the essential guide to building a secure network with PF. With a little effort and this book, you’ll be well prepared to unlock PF’s full potential.
Spy on and protect vulnerable ecosystems using the power of Kali Linux for pentesting on the go
Author: Glen D. Singh
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
Convert Android to a powerful pentesting platform. Key Features Get up and running with Kali Linux NetHunter Connect your Android device and gain full control over Windows, OSX, or Linux devices Crack Wi-Fi passwords and gain access to devices connected over the same network collecting intellectual data Book Description Kali NetHunter is a version of the popular and powerful Kali Linux pentesting platform, designed to be installed on mobile devices. Hands-On Penetration Testing with Kali NetHunter will teach you the components of NetHunter and how to install the software. You’ll also learn about the different tools included and how to optimize and use a package, obtain desired results, perform tests, and make your environment more secure. Starting with an introduction to Kali NetHunter, you will delve into different phases of the pentesting process. This book will show you how to build your penetration testing environment and set up your lab. You will gain insight into gathering intellectual data, exploiting vulnerable areas, and gaining control over target systems. As you progress through the book, you will explore the NetHunter tools available for exploiting wired and wireless devices. You will work through new ways to deploy existing tools designed to reduce the chances of detection. In the concluding chapters, you will discover tips and best practices for integrating security hardening into your Android ecosystem. By the end of this book, you will have learned to successfully use a mobile penetration testing device based on Kali NetHunter and Android to accomplish the same tasks you would traditionally, but in a smaller and more mobile form factor. What you will learn Choose and configure a hardware device to use Kali NetHunter Use various tools during pentests Understand NetHunter suite components Discover tips to effectively use a compact mobile platform Create your own Kali NetHunter-enabled device and configure it for optimal results Learn to scan and gather information from a target Explore hardware adapters for testing and auditing wireless networks and Bluetooth devices Who this book is for Hands-On Penetration Testing with Kali NetHunter is for pentesters, ethical hackers, and security professionals who want to learn to use Kali NetHunter for complete mobile penetration testing and are interested in venturing into the mobile domain. Some prior understanding of networking assessment and Kali Linux will be helpful.
A practical guide to mastering Red Team operations
Author: Himanshu Sharma
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
Your one-stop guide to learning and implementing Red Team tactics effectively Key Features Target a complex enterprise environment in a Red Team activity Detect threats and respond to them with a real-world cyber-attack simulation Explore advanced penetration testing tools and techniques Book Description Red Teaming is used to enhance security by performing simulated attacks on an organization in order to detect network and system vulnerabilities. Hands-On Red Team Tactics starts with an overview of pentesting and Red Teaming, before giving you an introduction to few of the latest pentesting tools. We will then move on to exploring Metasploit and getting to grips with Armitage. Once you have studied the fundamentals, you will learn how to use Cobalt Strike and how to set up its team server. The book introduces some common lesser known techniques for pivoting and how to pivot over SSH, before using Cobalt Strike to pivot. This comprehensive guide demonstrates advanced methods of post-exploitation using Cobalt Strike and introduces you to Command and Control (C2) servers and redirectors. All this will help you achieve persistence using beacons and data exfiltration, and will also give you the chance to run through the methodology to use Red Team activity tools such as Empire during a Red Team activity on Active Directory and Domain Controller. In addition to this, you will explore maintaining persistent access, staying untraceable, and getting reverse connections over different C2 covert channels. By the end of this book, you will have learned about advanced penetration testing tools, techniques to get reverse shells over encrypted channels, and processes for post-exploitation. What you will learn Get started with red team engagements using lesser-known methods Explore intermediate and advanced levels of post-exploitation techniques Get acquainted with all the tools and frameworks included in the Metasploit framework Discover the art of getting stealthy access to systems via Red Teaming Understand the concept of redirectors to add further anonymity to your C2 Get to grips with different uncommon techniques for data exfiltration Who this book is for Hands-On Red Team Tactics is for you if you are an IT professional, pentester, security consultant, or ethical hacker interested in the IT security domain and wants to go beyond Penetration Testing. Prior knowledge of penetration testing is beneficial.
Cutting-edge techniques for finding and fixing critical security flaws Fortify your network and avert digital catastrophe with proven strategies from a team of security experts. Completely updated and featuring 13 new chapters, Gray Hat Hacking, The Ethical Hacker’s Handbook, Fifth Edition explains the enemy’s current weapons, skills, and tactics and offers field-tested remedies, case studies, and ready-to-try testing labs. Find out how hackers gain access, overtake network devices, script and inject malicious code, and plunder Web applications and browsers. Android-based exploits, reverse engineering techniques, and cyber law are thoroughly covered in this state-of-the-art resource. And the new topic of exploiting the Internet of things is introduced in this edition. •Build and launch spoofing exploits with Ettercap •Induce error conditions and crash software using fuzzers •Use advanced reverse engineering to exploit Windows and Linux software •Bypass Windows Access Control and memory protection schemes •Exploit web applications with Padding Oracle Attacks •Learn the use-after-free technique used in recent zero days •Hijack web browsers with advanced XSS attacks •Understand ransomware and how it takes control of your desktop •Dissect Android malware with JEB and DAD decompilers •Find one-day vulnerabilities with binary diffing •Exploit wireless systems with Software Defined Radios (SDR) •Exploit Internet of things devices •Dissect and exploit embedded devices •Understand bug bounty programs •Deploy next-generation honeypots •Dissect ATM malware and analyze common ATM attacks •Learn the business side of ethical hacking
Exploit the secrets of Metasploit to master the art of penetration testing. About This Book Discover techniques to integrate Metasploit with the industry's leading tools Carry out penetration testing in highly-secured environments with Metasploit and acquire skills to build your defense against organized and complex attacks Using the Metasploit framework, develop exploits and generate modules for a variety of real-world scenarios Who This Book Is For This course is for penetration testers, ethical hackers, and security professionals who'd like to master the Metasploit framework and explore approaches to carrying out advanced penetration testing to build highly secure networks. Some familiarity with networking and security concepts is expected, although no familiarity of Metasploit is required. What You Will Learn Get to know the absolute basics of the Metasploit framework so you have a strong foundation for advanced attacks Integrate and use various supporting tools to make Metasploit even more powerful and precise Test services such as databases, SCADA, and many more Attack the client side with highly advanced techniques Test mobile and tablet devices with Metasploit Understand how to Customize Metasploit modules and modify existing exploits Write simple yet powerful Metasploit automation scripts Explore steps involved in post-exploitation on Android and mobile platforms In Detail Metasploit is a popular penetration testing framework that has one of the largest exploit databases around. This book will show you exactly how to prepare yourself against the attacks you will face every day by simulating real-world possibilities. This learning path will begin by introducing you to Metasploit and its functionalities. You will learn how to set up and configure Metasploit on various platforms to create a virtual test environment. You will also get your hands on various tools and components and get hands-on experience with carrying out client-side attacks. In the next part of this learning path, you'll develop the ability to perform testing on various services such as SCADA, databases, IoT, mobile, tablets, and many more services. After this training, we jump into real-world sophisticated scenarios where performing penetration tests are a challenge. With real-life case studies, we take you on a journey through client-side attacks using Metasploit and various scripts built on the Metasploit framework. The final instalment of your learning journey will be covered through a bootcamp approach. You will be able to bring together the learning together and speed up and integrate Metasploit with leading industry tools for penetration testing. You'll finish by working on challenges based on user's preparation and work towards solving the challenge. The course provides you with highly practical content explaining Metasploit from the following Packt books: Metasploit for Beginners Mastering Metasploit, Second Edition Metasploit Bootcamp Style and approach This pragmatic learning path is packed with start-to-end instructions from getting started with Metasploit to effectively building new things and solving real-world examples. All the key concepts are explained with the help of examples and demonstrations that will help you understand everything to use this essential IT power tool.