Introduction

Book overview and key learning points

Penetration testing is often considered an art as much as it is a science, but even an artist needs the right brushes to do the job well. Many commercial and open source tools exist for performing penetration testing, but it’s often hard to ensure that you know what tools are available and which ones to use for a certain task. Through the next 10 chapters, we’ll be exploring the plethora of open source tools that are available to you as a penetration tester, how to use them, and in which situations they apply.
Open source tools are pieces of software which are available with the source code so that the software can be modified and improved by other interested contributors. In most cases, this software ...

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