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Metasploit Framework 3.0 Product Review

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PENETRATION TESTING


Metasploit Framework 3.0
REVIEWED BY PETER GIANNACOPOULOS

Metasploit LLC
Price: Free

The Metasploit Framework

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is a platform for developing, testing and executing exploit code for all popular Unix, Linux and Windows platforms; it's an essential tool for the serious penetration tester or security professional. The latest release only serves to further cement its formidable capabilities.

Installation is a breeze: download the appropriate package (Windows or Linux) and execute. The Meta-sploit Framework can either be used via the familiar and capable console interface or the much improved Web interface. For a free product, it contains surprisingly good documentation for users and developers, so it's fairly easy to get productive quickly.

Metasploit has a searchable database of more than 180 exploits, targeting multiple processor architectures and operating systems, with more than 70 payloads that can be delivered to exploitable systems. Using the product is ridiculously simple: select the exploit via the Web or console GUI, specify target, payload and options, and run the exploit. It really is as easy as "point, click, own."

This was first published in July 2007

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