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Metasploit Toolkit for Penetration Testing, Exploit Development, and Vulnerability Research 1st Edition
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What I consider the "meat" of this book, and what should have made this a 4 or 5 star book, covers the Metasploit Framework 2.x branch and NOT the current 3.x branch. By "meat" I mean the case studies covering exploitation using MSF. The major difference between the two is that 2.x was written in Perl and 3.x in Ruby. To be fair the first 5 chapters cover using MSF 3.x, but I really didn't feel they covered much, if anything, that's not out on the net with the exception of Chapter 5 (Adding new Payloads). "Using" Metasploit has been covered a million times in a million other books. A book specifically on Metasploit should have covered things not covered in every other hacking book.
Chapter 1 is an "Introduction to Metasploit." If you haven't ever used the tool and didn't want to RTFM, then "maybe" it would be useful for you. Most of the material I felt could be found on the Metasploit main support page, the wiki, or via google, but mostly the first two. I'm also not sure why there are pages and pages of current payloads and exploits with no explanations as to why I would use one type of payload versus another especially for the obscure ones like find tag or ordinal payloads. Doing a "show exploits" or "show payloads" without dialogue on the differences adds little value.Read more ›
If you are a newbie to Metasploit I can understand that this book could have been helpful, primarily for the historical purposes, and if you've used 2.x and intend on staying at the version, go ahead, read the book. But, if you are like 99.9% of the rest of use, save your money and wait until someone else either writes an in-depth book on the actual use of the most current version of Metaspolit and the inner workings, etc, or, look up the information needed on the web. You'll feel more satisified with yourself knowing you didn't waste your time and money.
A version of Meterpreter that could pass by the virus checkers would be a huge asset to IT departments doing remote support over slow links. Having had to do support for computers on oil rigs (60 computers sharing a 128kb/sec VSAT link), remote desktop of any kind was not an option.
It's a good start, I just wish it had more meat.
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This book is an absolutely fabulous reference into the Metasploit application. I have already tried reading the Metasploit book by No Starch Press several times, which in one of... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Aspiring Professional