Which are considered hacking tools?
With hacking tools, you see what an attacker sees and get a feel for the company’s attack surface. This ensures that the pentester analyzes your system the way an attacker would analyze it.
Of course, hacking tools are constantly evolving, as are attack strategies and methods. That’s why it’s already a challenge in the cyber security industry to stay up to date.
Hacking Tools – The operating system
Parrot Security OS
Hacking Tools – Must Haves
If the pentester lays the foundation for his work with the operating system, there are some must-haves that should be on board and functional. From the enlargement of the attack surface to post-exploitation, there are different tools, each of which should be ready for use:
Google or another search engine
Google is of course not a direct hacking tool, but through its powerful search function it is a powerful ally when it comes to gathering information about a potential system to be attacked. From CVEs you can find there, through Google Hacking Dorks you have various possibilities to use the powerful search engine for information research. You should be familiar with the basic search operators like “site”, “intitle”, “filetype” and others.
Hacking Tools – Nmap
At the beginning of every penetration test there is usually also the use of the program Nmap. It is one of the oldest tools, but it constantly receives new updates and improvements. Nmap is used to map a network and analyze which endpoints are on the network and which services are running on the systems.
Hacking Tools – Metasploit
Metasploit is an open source project that allows penetration testers to use different programs to find and test vulnerabilities. Metasploit can also be used to develop exploits. Metasploit can be used to write malicious code that can bypass detection systems, perform vulnerability scans and launch remote attacks. Metasploit is available in three different versions: Professional, Community and Framework.
Hacking Tools – Nikto
Nikto is a tool that is included in Kali Linux and many other hacking distributions with installation. With this tool web servers can be scanned for different vulnerabilities. It is a command line tool which can perform cross site scripting, version checking and brute force attacks.
Hacking Tools – Wireshark
Another classic in the pentester tools area is Wireshark. Wireshark makes packets visible in networks and can help to detect security problems. Individual requests in the network can be picked up and analyzed in real time. Wireshark supports WLAN standards as well as Bluetooth, USB and FDDI.
Hacking Tools – SQLMap
The tool sqlmap is a tool which helps penetration testers to test SQL injections against any system. SQLMap can test different types of injections, such as time-based, boolean, error-based and stacked SQL injections. SQL injections occur when developers implement poor input masking and validation. An attacker attempts to execute its own database commands in the database.
With the help of the hacking tools presented in this article, the pentester’s job is much easier. Many of the tools presented in this article may also be of interest to developers who want to get involved with security. We at AWARE7 GmbH also use many of the presented tools in our penetration tests where we professionally test your infrastructure, application or network for vulnerabilities. We are happy to advise you on all questions concerning digital security.
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