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PowerShell for Pentesters: Dive into the hidden potential of PowerShell for offensive security

  • Length: 248 pages
  • Edition: 1
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  • Publication Date: 2024-06-11
  • ISBN-10: 1835082459
  • ISBN-13: 9781835082454

A practical guide to vulnerability assessment and mitigation with PowerShell

Key Features

  • Leverage PowerShell’s unique capabilities at every stage of the Cyber Kill Chain, maximizing your effectiveness
  • Perform network enumeration techniques and exploit weaknesses with PowerShell’s built-in and custom tools
  • Learn how to conduct penetration testing on Microsoft Azure and AWS environments
  • Purchase of the print or Kindle book includes a free PDF eBook

Book Description

PowerShell for Penetration Testing is a comprehensive guide designed to equip you with the essential skills you need for conducting effective penetration tests using PowerShell.

You’ll start by laying a solid foundation by familiarizing yourself with the core concepts of penetration testing and PowerShell scripting. In this part, you’ll get up to speed with the fundamental scripting principles and their applications across various platforms. You’ll then explore network enumeration, port scanning, exploitation of web services, databases, and more using PowerShell tools. Hands-on exercises throughout the book will solidify your understanding of concepts and techniques. Extending the scope to cloud computing environments, particularly MS Azure and AWS, this book will guide you through conducting penetration tests in cloud settings, covering governance, reconnaissance, and networking intricacies. In the final part, post-exploitation techniques, including command-and-control structures and privilege escalation using PowerShell, will be explored. This section encompasses post-exploitation activities on both Microsoft Windows and Linux systems.

By the end of this book, you’ll have covered concise explanations, real-world examples, and exercises that will help you seamlessly perform penetration testing techniques using PowerShell.

What you will learn

  • Get up to speed with basic and intermediate scripting techniques in PowerShell
  • Automate penetration tasks, build custom scripts, and conquer multiple platforms
  • Explore techniques to identify and exploit vulnerabilities in network services using PowerShell
  • Access and manipulate web-based applications and services with PowerShell
  • Find out how to leverage PowerShell for Active Directory and LDAP enumeration and exploitation
  • Conduct effective pentests on cloud environments using PowerShell’s cloud modules

Who this book is for

This book is for aspiring and intermediate pentesters as well as other cybersecurity professionals looking to advance their knowledge. Anyone interested in PowerShell scripting for penetration testing will also find this book helpful. A basic understanding of IT systems and some programming experience will help you get the most out of this book.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Penetration Testing
  2. Programming Principles in Power Shell
  3. Network Services and DNS
  4. Network Enumeration and Port Scanning
  5. The WEB, REST and SOAP
  6. SMB, Active Directory, LDAP, and Kerberos
  7. Databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL and MSSQL
  8. Email Services: Exchange, SMTP, IMAP, and POP
  9. PowerShell and FTP, SFTP, SSH and TFTP
  10. Brute Forcing in PowerShell
  11. PowerShell and Remote Control and Administration
  12. Using PowerShell in Azure
  13. Using PowerShell in AWS
  14. Command and Control
  15. Post-Exploitation in Microsoft Windows
  16. Post-Exploitation in Microsoft Linux
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