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Cyber Operations: Building, Defending, and Attacking Modern Computer Networks by Mike O’ Leary

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CHAPTER 10

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Malware and Persistence

Introduction

Chapter 2 shows how attackers can use browsers and software that provide active content for browsers such as Java and Adobe Flash as vectors to get an initial foothold in a network. Another option is malware. Malicious documents, like Word documents, can be used to provide an attacker with an initial shell on a target system.

An attacker that has compromised a target wants to retain access to that system. Many attackers create persistence mechanisms using malware to allow them to reconnect to their targets. Metasploit has a persistence script for Windows systems. Persistence can also be developed ...

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