By Kevin M. Henry

Penetration trying out: keeping Networks and Systems is a training consultant for the CPTE exam. It describes the variety of options hired through specialist pen testers, and in addition contains suggestion at the training and supply of the attempt report.

The author's in-the-field reviews, mixed with different real-world examples, are used to demonstrate universal pitfalls that may be encountered in the course of trying out and reporting.

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This information may then be used in social engineering attacks. The pen tester will look up the DNS registration as a part of data gathering. Figure 8: DNS listing 59 3: Reconnaissance Banner grabbing Banner grabbing is the act of reviewing the metadata banner that is a header in the communications channel that is set up between the two remote entities. By reviewing the banner, the pen tester can often learn information about the operating system and other services running on the target machine.

Scanning The second phase of attacking a castle will involve sending in spies and conducting more active searches of the target. The attacker will now move on to the process of more active probing or scanning. This will highlight some of the characteristics of the system, including ports or services that are open. Enumeration The third step is to begin developing the strategy for the attack – this based on knowledge of potential weaknesses or known vulnerabilities. The attacker may select tools to be used in the attack – siege engines, battering rams, catapults and personnel, for example.

Questions 1. The purpose of footprinting is to: a) Test of the ability of the systems administrators to detect and respond to a penetration b) Review and audit whether the administrators are complying with organizational procedures c) Detect any misconfigurations of network or host equipment d) Gather information about a target organization. Answer: D 2. Social engineering can be described as: a) Aggressively marketing the organization through social media b) Managing the social perception of the organization through press releases and media manipulation c) Influencing a person to provide access or information against the policies of the organization d) The engineering and design of systems through a committee-based approach.

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