In this post, you will learn what is Metasploit and how it works. And in this post, I am not explaining the command lines for Metasploit or how to hack with Metasploit. I want just to give an overview of what is Metasploit in an easy way.
What is Metasploit?
Metasploit is a vulnerability scanning tool. These tools mostly used by cybercriminals and the red teams. Every cybercriminal has worked with this Metasploit tool and now this tool is used for teaching ethical hacking. And still, the tool gets attention from cybersecurity experts.
The Meta-sploit framework is written in the Ruby language. And most of the ethical hackers and cybercriminals couldn’t afford to download the pro version of the Meta-sploit framework. So, they create their own Meta-sploit framework.
The Meta-sploit framework Linux-based application. Unfortunately, other OS users can’t use Meta-sploit.
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How Metasploit works – Overview
Firstly the user will launch Meta-sploit in the Linux terminal. Once launched the users will enter a targeted host address and the Meta-sploit framework takes some time and displays the vulnerabilities and the displays the payload of the host address.
The Meta-sploit gives a command-line interface. Apart from displaying payloads and vulnerabilities, it can also exploit the host address. Which is available in the pro version only.
Every day red team penetration testers will use this tool and this is a targeted tool which means only a targeted host address is scanned at a time. Once the user knows the payload of the host address, The user will launch a massive DDoS attack.
The user just needs to enter the users IP address and it will display the payloads and vulnerabilities that exist. Which looks something like the below image.
Pic credit: By Self created session – Metasploit Community Edition, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33606448
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Who can use Metasploit?
Anyone interested in hacking can use Meta-sploit, which is open-source software. Only those who use Linux OS can use Meta-sploit, In kali, Linux Meta-sploit comes as a default tool. According to myself, there is no alternative tool. So, other OS users should use a Virtual environment, to use Meta-sploit.
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