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Penetration Testing Fundamentals: A Hands-On Guide to Reliable Security Audits

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  • Copyright 2018
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 448
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-485453-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-485453-3

The perfect introduction to pen testing for all IT professionals and students

·         Clearly explains key concepts, terminology, challenges, tools, and skills

·         Covers the latest penetration testing standards from NSA, PCI, and NIST

Welcome to today’s most useful and practical introduction to penetration testing. Chuck Easttom brings together up-to-the-minute coverage of all the concepts, terminology, challenges, and skills you’ll need to be effective.

Drawing on decades of experience in cybersecurity and related IT fields, Easttom integrates theory and practice, covering the entire penetration testing life cycle from planning to reporting.

You’ll gain practical experience through a start-to-finish sample project relying on free open source tools. Throughout, quizzes, projects, and review sections deepen your understanding and help you apply what you’ve learned.

Including essential pen testing standards from NSA, PCI, and NIST, Penetration Testing Fundamentals will help you protect your assets–and expand your career options.


·         Understand what pen testing is and how it’s used

·         Meet modern standards for comprehensive and effective testing

·         Review cryptography essentials every pen tester must know

·         Perform reconnaissance with Nmap, Google searches, and ShodanHq

·         Use malware as part of your pen testing toolkit

·         Test for vulnerabilities in Windows shares, scripts, WMI, and the Registry

·         Pen test websites and web communication

·         Recognize SQL injection and cross-site scripting attacks

·         Scan for vulnerabilities with OWASP ZAP, Vega, Nessus, and MBSA

·         Identify Linux vulnerabilities and password cracks

·         Use Kali Linux for advanced pen testing

·         Apply general hacking technique ssuch as fake Wi-Fi hotspots and social engineering

·         Systematically test your environment with Metasploit

·         Write or customize sophisticated Metasploit exploits

Sample Content

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction to Penetration Testing

What Is Penetration Testing?


    Vulnerability Scans

    Penetration Tests

    The Hybrid Test



    Nature of the Test


Ethical Issues

    Everything Is Confidential

    Keep in Your Lane

    If You Break It, You Bought It

Legal Issues

    Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA): 18 U.S. Code § 1030

    Unlawful Access to Stored Communications: 18 U.S. Code § 2701

    Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act

    Fraud and Related Activity in Connection with Access Devices: 18 U.S. Code § 1029

    State Laws

    International Laws








    This Book and Certifications

Careers in Penetration Testing

    Security Administrators

    Commercial Penetration Testing

    Government/National Defense

    Law Enforcement

Building Your Skillset


Test Your Skills

Chapter 2: Standards


    The Actual Test

NIST 800-115




National Security Agency InfoSec Assessment Methodology (NSA-IAM)



A Synthesis (Putting Standards Together into a Single Unified Approach)


    The Actual Test


Related Standards


Other Standards

    ISO 27002

    NIST 800-12, Revision 1

    NIST 800-14


Test Your Skills

Chapter 3: Cryptography

Cryptography Basics

History of Encryption

    The Caesar Cipher


    Multi-Alphabet Substitution

    Rail Fence

Modern Methods

    Symmetric Encryption

    Modification of Symmetric Methods

    Practical Applications

Public Key (Asymmetric) Encryption

Digital Signatures





    Windows Hashing


    Rainbow Tables

    Pass the Hash

Password Crackers


    Historical Steganography

    Methods and Tools


    Frequency Analysis

    Modern Methods

    Practical Application

Learning More


Test Your Skills

Chapter 4: Reconnaissance

Passive Scanning Techniques





    Social Media

    Google Searching

Active Scanning Techniques

    Port Scanning




Other OSINT Tools

    OSINT Website


    Web Master Tips


Test Your Skills

Chapter 5: Malware


    How a Virus Spreads

    Types of Viruses

    Virus Examples

Trojan Horses

Other Forms of Malware


    Malicious Web-Based Code

    Logic Bombs

Creating Malware

    Levels of Malware Writing Skill

    GUI Tools

    Simple Script Viruses

    Creating a Trojan Horse

    Altering Existing Viruses


Test Your Skills

Chapter 6: Hacking Windows

Windows Details

    Windows History

    The Boot Process

    Important Windows Files

    Windows Logs

    The Registry

    Volume Shadow Copy

Windows Password Hashing

Windows Hacking Techniques

    Pass the Hash


    Net User Script

    Login as System

    Find the Admin

Windows Scripting

    net users

    net view

    net share

    net service


Windows Password Cracking

    Offline NT Registry Editor




    John the Ripper

Detecting Malware in Windows

Cain and Abel


Test Your Skills

Chapter 7: Web Hacking

Web Technology

Specific Attacks on Websites

    SQL Script Injection


    Other Web Attacks


    Burp Suite



Test Your Skills

Chapter 8: Vulnerability Scanning





Packet Capture



Network Scanners


Wireless Scanners/Crackers


General Scanners





Web Application Scanners



Cyber Threat Intelligence



    Internet Storm Center



Test Your Skills

Chapter 9: Introduction to Linux

Linux History

Linux Commands

    ls Command

    cd Command

    Pipe Output

    finger Command

    grep Command

    ps Command

    pstree Command

    top Command

    kill Command

    Basic File and Directory Commands

    chown Command

    chmod Command

    bg Command

    fg Command

    useradd Command

    userdel Command

    usermod Command

    users Command

    who Command











Graphical User Interface




Test Your Skills

Chapter 10: Linux Hacking

More on the Linux OS



    Shell Commands

Linux Firewall


    iptables Configuration




Linux Passwords

Linux Hacking Tricks

    Boot Hack

    Backspace Hack


Test Your Skills

Chapter 11: Introduction to Kali Linux

Kali Linux History

Kali Basics

Kali Tools




    John the Ripper



    Ghost Phisher


Test Your Skills

Chapter 12: General Hacking Techniques

Wi-Fi Testing

    Create a Hotspot

    Using Kali as a Hotspot

    Testing the WAP Administration

    Other Wi-Fi Issues

Social Engineering


    Well-known DoS Attacks



Test Your Skills

Chapter 13: Introduction to Metasploit

Background on Metasploit

Getting Started with Metasploit

Basic Usage of msfconsole

    Basic Commands


Scanning with Metasploit

    SMB Scanner

    SQL Server Scan

    SSH Server Scan

    Anonymous FTP Servers

    FTP Server

How to Use Exploits

Exploit Examples

    Cascading Style Sheets

    File Format Exploit

    Remote Desktop Exploit

    More Exploits

    Common Error

Post Exploits

    Get Logged-on Users

    Check VM

    Enumerate Applications

    Going Deeper into the Target


Test Your Skills

Chapter 14: More with Metasploit

Meterpreter and Post Exploits





    Download and Upload



    Key Logger

    Other Information


More Metasploit Attacks

    Formatting All Drives

    Attacking Windows Server 2008 R2

    Attacking Windows via Office

    Attacking Linux

    Attacking via the Web

    Another Linux Attack

    Linux Post Exploits


Test Your Skills

Chapter 15: Introduction to Scripting with Ruby

Getting Started

Basic Ruby Scripting

    A First Script


    Object-Oriented Programming


Test Your Skills

Chapter 16: Write Your Own Metasploit Exploits with Ruby


Getting Started

Examine an Existing Exploit

Extending Existing Exploits

Writing Your First Exploit


Test Your Skills

Chapter 17: General Hacking Knowledge


Dark Web

Certification and Training

Cyber Warfare and Terrorism

Nation State Actors


Test Your Skills

Chapter 18: Additional Pen Testing Topics

Wireless Pen Testing




    Other Forms of Wireless

    Wi-Fi Hacking

Mainframe and SCADA

    SCADA Basics


Mobile Pen Testing

    Cellular Terminology

    Bluetooth Attacks

    Bluetooth/Phone Tools


Test Your Skills

Chapter 19: A Sample Pen Test Project

Pen Test Outline

    Pre-Test Activities



    Optional Items

Report Outline


Appendix A: Answers to Chapter Multiple Choice Questions

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