Metasploit framework (part one)

Tuesday, 13 July 2004, 1:31 PM EST

Exploit development tools and automated frameworks for exploit testing and simulation is the need of the hour. Metasploit Framework (MSF) is something which fits the bill. Its latest release has the agility and muscle quite comparable to its high priced commercial counterparts and the lethality to code an exploit in the shortest possible timeframe, due to a very well defined interface for development. With a complete exploit environment, working exploits, effectual payloads and added handlers, this is one tool which the penetration testers must utilize.

This article provides an insight into the basics of exploit development frameworks, with a special focus on the Metasploit Framework and how it can be exploited to save time and resources. We describe its usage with graphical illustrations, detail the various commands available, describe features, give practical examples, and most importantly, use these skills to develop new exploits and test out new techniques. The article concludes with elucidating why MSF will influence the future of exploitation in a momentous and positive way.

By Pukhraj Singh and K.K. Mookhey at SecurityFocus.

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