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Metasploit Framework Penetration Testing Software – Metasploit Project
by: rjdreyes – a.k.a. jcyberinux

Have you heard about penetration testing? Before I begin, if happens you are an IT specialist or IT professional, and you are wondering if there’s certain tool to test your company’s system from any threats by a hacker or cyber criminals may want to break into, a thief, or bring down you’re company’s business.

In the modern world where technology is at large, and we are talking about internet topology and network-related concerns. Whether you are in public or private network, using web and network on company’s daily usage, were in security is also in question. You are wondering, is my company’s system is secured? – My friend, you need a penetration testing solution!

What is a Penetration Testing?

Penetration testing, often called “pentesting”,“pen testing”, or “security testing”, is the practice of attacking your own or your clients’ IT systems in the same way a hacker would to identify security holes. Of course, you do this without actually harming the network. The person carrying out a penetration test is called a penetration tester or pentester. – Metasploit Project

To be enable to understand penetration testing, first you need to know about basic security concepts of security research, vulnerabilities, exploits, and payloads. (What are those things?, you may wonder to ask, just read below)

Security Research

Vulnerabilities are typically found by security researchers, which is a posh term for smart people who like to find flaws in systems and break them. Like penetration testing, security research can be used for good and evil. Some countries don’t make the distinction and outlaw security research completely, so make sure you check your country’s legislation before you start researching and especially before you publish any research.

Vulnerability

A vulnerability is a security hole in a piece of software, hardware or operating system that provides a potential angle to attack the system. A vulnerability can be as simple as weak passwords or as complex as buffer overflows or SQL injection vulnerabilities.

Exploit

To take advantage of a vulnerability, you often need an exploit, a small and highly specialized computer program whose only reason of being is to take advantage of a specific vulnerability and to provide access to a computer system. Exploits often deliver a payload to the target system to grant the attacker access to the system.

Payload

A payload is the piece of software that lets you control a computer system after it’s been exploited. The payload is typically attached to and delivered by the exploit.

 

A penetration testing is not a hacking device for hackers, instead is a tester or rather a testing software that can be used by Network Administrator, System Administrator, IT Professionals, or even Engineers. Penetration testing is used to test the system if there’s any possibility or tendency, that it can be hacked or if there’s any security hole to be found.

This is a good software (good to be true), if you are an employee of certain company, and you wish to try if you’re system is capable to defend from itself from the attackers (such as hackers) and from any security holes.

 

Good thing there is a free software that has these capabilities to test your own system or with your client (of course you must ask a permission, or via format written consent).

The Metasploit Framework is a free, open source penetration testing solution developed by the open source community & Rapid7.

The project which provides information about security vulnerabilities and aids in penetration testing and IDS signature development.
Its most well-known sub-project is the Metasploit Framework, a tool for developing and executing exploit code against a remote target machine. Other important sub-projects include the Opcode Database, shellcode archive, and security research. The Metasploit Project is also well-known for anti-forensic and evasion tools, some of which are built into the Metasploit Framework. – Wikipedia

The Metasploit Project is owned and supported by Rapid7. You may also be interested in other security software related to Rapid7, including the free vulnerability scanner NeXpose Community Edition and the free open source web application scanner w3af.

Click here for more information and learn more about the Metasploit Framework.
Related References / Entries :
Wikipedia – Metasploit Project
Metasploit Framework – Metasploit Project – Official Site
Download the free Metasploit Framework – Official Site
Rapid7 – Official Site
Rapid7 is the leading provider of Unified Vulnerability Management and Penetration Testing Solutions.
Download NeXpose Community Edition – Official Site
Download NeXpose Community Edition.The free vulnerability scanner for small organizations or individual use.
w3af – Official Site
w3af is a Web Application Attack and Audit Framework.

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