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Kali Linux CTF Blueprints [Kindle Edition]

Cameron Buchanan
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As attackers develop more effective and complex ways to compromise computerized systems, penetration testing skills and tools are in high demand. A tester must have varied skills to combat these threats or fall behind. This book provides practical and customizable guides to set up a variety of exciting challenge projects that can then be tested with Kali Linux.

Learn how to create, customize, and exploit penetration testing scenarios and assault courses. Start by building flawed fortresses for Windows and Linux servers, allowing your testers to exploit common and not-so-common vulnerabilities to break down the gates and storm the walls. Mimic the human element with practical examples of social engineering projects. Facilitate vulnerable wireless and mobile installations and cryptographic weaknesses, and replicate the Heartbleed vulnerability. Finally, combine your skills and work to create a full red-team assessment environment that mimics the sort of corporate network encountered in the field.


Taking a highly practical approach and a playful tone, Kali Linux CTF Blueprints provides step-by-step guides to setting up vulnerabilities, in-depth guidance to exploiting them, and a variety of advice and ideas to build and customising your own challenges.

Who this book is for

If you are a penetration testing team leader or individual who wishes to challenge yourself or your friends in the creation of penetration testing assault courses, this is the book for you. The book assumes a basic level of penetration skills and familiarity with the Kali Linux operating system.

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About the Author

Cameron Buchanan

Cameron Buchanan is a penetration tester by trade and a writer in his spare time. He has performed penetration tests around the world for a variety of clients across many industries. Previously, he was a member of the RAF. He enjoys doing stupid things, such as trying to make things fly, getting electrocuted, and dunking himself in freezing cold water in his spare time. He is married and lives in London.

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  • File Size: 7211 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (July 24, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M3UV2ZM
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The Kali Linux CTF Blueprints book written by Cameron Buchanan who is a penetration tester by trade – so he knows what he’s talking about. So, what is this book about? It covers ‘Capture the Flag’ style challenges. It has 6 chapters covering:

‘Microsoft Environments’ – create a vulnerable servers and desktop PC and covers the most prevalent vulnerabilities.

‘Linux Environments’ – focused on generating generic vulnerabilities in Linux Environments

‘Wireless and Mobile’ – contains projects targeting WIfI enabled devices such as Tablets and Smartphones.

‘Social Engineering’ – Scenarios including XSS Attackable pages and unmask online personas.

‘Cryptographic Projects’ such as encryption, deciphering and replication of the well-known Heartbleed attack.

‘Red teaming’ – two full scale vulnerable deployments designed to test areas covered in previous chapters.

It covers a lot of things that you won’t find in your beginners guides to Kali Linux which brings me onto my next point; who is the book for? The author states that it is for ‘individuals who are aware of the concepts of penetration testing with some practice in one or more types of tests’ which I think is perfectly fair as I myself am not a ‘veteran’ with Kali Linux, more a novice who has played around with it and has lots more to learn. So take that into consideration where looking at this book. It’s more of a ‘follow’ on book after you’ve done some basic tests in Kali and feel you are ready to move on.

As for the actual chapters that contain the tutorials they are very well laid out and easy to read and understand. The author has left screenshots in his chapters so that you can easily see what he is doing.
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