Penetration Testing: A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking

Penetration Testing: A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking

by Georgia Weidman

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593275648
Publisher: No Starch Press
Publication date: 05/25/2014
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 380,848
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Georgia Weidman is a penetration tester and researcher, as well as the founder of Bulb Security, a security consulting firm. She presents at conferences around the world, including Black Hat, ShmooCon, and DerbyCon, and teaches classes on topics such as penetration testing, mobile hacking, and exploit development. She was awarded a DARPA Cyber Fast Track grant to continue her work in mobile device security.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Peter Van Eeckhoutte
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Penetration Testing Primer
Part 1: The Basics
Chapter 1: Setting Up Your Virtual Lab
Chapter 2: Using Kali Linux
Chapter 3: Programming
Chapter 4: Using the Metasploit Framework
Part 2: Assessments
Chapter 5: Information Gathering
Chapter 6: Finding Vulnerabilities
Chapter 7: Capturing Traffic
Part 3: Attacks
Chapter 8: Exploitation
Chapter 9: Password Attacks
Chapter 10: Client-Side Exploitation
Chapter 11: Social Engineering
Chapter 12: Bypassing Antivirus Applications
Chapter 13: Post Exploitation
Chapter 14: Web Application Testing
Chapter 15: Wireless Attacks
Part 4: Exploit Development
Chapter 16: A Stack-Based Buffer Overflow in Linux
Chapter 17: A Stack-Based Buffer Overflow in Windows
Chapter 18: Structured Exception Handler Overwrites
Chapter 19: Fuzzing, Porting Exploits, and Metasploit Modules
Part 5: Mobile Hacking
Chapter 20: Using the Smartphone Pentest Framework
Resources
Index

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Penetration Testing: A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for beginners.  Lots of good instructions for setting up your own lab so you can work through the book's exercises.  Lots of screen shots to make sure you are on the right track. Author does a great job of explaining things giving you enough of the background and theory without going overboard.  I highly recommend the book. It is not only fun to work through but also fun to read the author's experience in the field.  If you ever thought hacking would be fun, this book teaches you how to get started . I didn't preorder the book but I did receive the book from Barnes and Noble in a timely manner.  Maybe the book publisher underestimated the book's popularity and failed to print enough books.  Maybe it is not Barnes and Nobles fault but the publishers.