Metasploit, the Swiss Army Knife of Penetration Testing
Welcome to the wonderful world of Metasploit! Metasploit is a penetration testing framework used by cybersecurity professionals throughout the world.
What on Earth is a framework?
In this context, a framework refers to a codebase. More specifically, it refers to a stack of reusable Ruby code that makes it convenient to create more Ruby code that does cyber stuff. Particularly, the framework is designed for penetration testing.
No need to know Ruby!
You don't need to know how to code in Ruby to use Metasploit. In the course, we will also explore customization and building our own modules, but Metasploit already has thousands of these modules ready for you to get started. Besides, Metasploit now also supports Python extensions.
What is a module?
Module is a Ruby file in the Metasploit directory that serves a specific purpose.
There are different types of modules for different purposes. For example, the exploit modules (located in the exploits directory) are attacks that exploit a vulnerability and typically open a command channel to the compromised device, such as a server.
Modules are not used directly from files, but with tools of the Metasploit framework such as msfconsole.
The flagship command-line tool of Metasploit is msfconsole. With the tool, it is easy to search for and use Metasploit modules.
Step by Step
In the course, you progress step by step and practice using various techniques using Metasploit in the Hakatemian lab environment. After that, you will move on to exercises where you will no longer receive assistance, you only know the target's IP address, and you have access to Nmap and Metasploit, as well as the goal of breaking into the server by applying the skills you have learned in the course.
Studying Metasploit is not only useful but also super fun. Let's get started!