Penetration Testing Resources
Social Engineering Resources
Lock Picking Resources
Penetration Testing Distributions
- Kali – GNU/Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing.
- ArchStrike – Arch GNU/Linux repository for security professionals and enthusiasts.
- BlackArch – Arch GNU/Linux-based distribution for penetration testers and security researchers.
- Network Security Toolkit (NST) – Fedora-based bootable live operating system designed to provide easy access to best-of-breed open source network security applications.
- Pentoo – Security-focused live CD based on Gentoo.
- BackBox – Ubuntu-based distribution for penetration tests and security assessments.
- Parrot – Distribution similar to Kali, with multiple architecture.
- Buscador – GNU/Linux virtual machine that is pre-configured for online investigators.
- Fedora Security Lab – Provides a safe test environment to work on security auditing, forensics, system rescue and teaching security testing methodologies.
- The Pentesters Framework – Distro organized around the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES), providing a curated collection of utilities that eliminates often unused toolchains.
- AttifyOS – GNU/Linux distribution focused on tools useful during Internet of Things (IoT) security assessments.
Docker for Penetration Testing
- Metasploit – Software for offensive security teams to help verify vulnerabilities and manage security assessments.
- Armitage – Java-based GUI front-end for the Metasploit Framework.
- Faraday – Multiuser integrated pentesting environment for red teams performing cooperative penetration tests, security audits, and risk assessments.
- ExploitPack – Graphical tool for automating penetration tests that ships with many pre-packaged exploits.
- Pupy – Cross-platform (Windows, Linux, macOS, Android) remote administration and post-exploitation tool.
- Nexpose – Commercial vulnerability and risk management assessment engine that integrates with Metasploit, sold by Rapid7.
- Nessus – Commercial vulnerability management, configuration, and compliance assessment platform, sold by Tenable.
- OpenVAS – Free software implementation of the popular Nessus vulnerability assessment system.
- Vuls – Agentless vulnerability scanner for GNU/Linux and FreeBSD, written in Go.
- Brakeman – Static analysis security vulnerability scanner for Ruby on Rails applications.
- cppcheck – Extensible C/C++ static analyzer focused on finding bugs.
- FindBugs – Free software static analyzer to look for bugs in Java code.
- sobelow – Security-focused static analysis for the Phoenix Framework.
- Nikto – Noisy but fast black box web server and web application vulnerability scanner.
- Arachni – Scriptable framework for evaluating the security of web applications.
- w3af – Web application attack and audit framework.
- Wapiti – Black box web application vulnerability scanner with built-in fuzzer.
- SecApps – In-browser web application security testing suite.
- WebReaver – Commercial, graphical web application vulnerability scanner designed for macOS.
- WPScan – Black box WordPress vulnerability scanner.
- cms-explorer – Reveal the specific modules, plugins, components and themes that various websites powered by content management systems are running.
- joomscan – Joomla vulnerability scanner.
- zmap – Open source network scanner that enables researchers to easily perform Internet-wide network studies.
- nmap – Free security scanner for network exploration & security audits.
- pig – GNU/Linux packet crafting tool.
- scanless – Utility for using websites to perform port scans on your behalf so as not to reveal your own IP.
- tcpdump/libpcap – Common packet analyzer that runs under the command line.
- Wireshark – Widely-used graphical, cross-platform network protocol analyzer.
- Network-Tools.com – Website offering an interface to numerous basic network utilities like
whois, and more.
- netsniff-ng – Swiss army knife for for network sniffing.
- Intercepter-NG – Multifunctional network toolkit.
- SPARTA – Graphical interface offering scriptable, configurable access to existing network infrastructure scanning and enumeration tools.
- dnschef – Highly configurable DNS proxy for pentesters.
- DNSDumpster – Online DNS recon and search service.
- CloudFail – Unmask server IP addresses hidden behind Cloudflare by searching old database records and detecting misconfigured DNS.
- dnsenum – Perl script that enumerates DNS information from a domain, attempts zone transfers, performs a brute force dictionary style attack, and then performs reverse look-ups on the results.
- dnsmap – Passive DNS network mapper.
- dnsrecon – DNS enumeration script.
- dnstracer – Determines where a given DNS server gets its information from, and follows the chain of DNS servers.
- passivedns-client – Library and query tool for querying several passive DNS providers.
- passivedns – Network sniffer that logs all DNS server replies for use in a passive DNS setup.
- Mass Scan – TCP port scanner, spews SYN packets asynchronously, scanning entire Internet in under 5 minutes.
- Zarp – Network attack tool centered around the exploitation of local networks.
- mitmproxy – Interactive TLS-capable intercepting HTTP proxy for penetration testers and software developers.
- Morpheus – Automated ettercap TCP/IP Hijacking tool.
- mallory – HTTP/HTTPS proxy over SSH.
- SSH MITM – Intercept SSH connections with a proxy; all plaintext passwords and sessions are logged to disk.
- Netzob – Reverse engineering, traffic generation and fuzzing of communication protocols.
- DET – Proof of concept to perform data exfiltration using either single or multiple channel(s) at the same time.
- pwnat – Punches holes in firewalls and NATs.
- dsniff – Collection of tools for network auditing and pentesting.
- tgcd – Simple Unix network utility to extend the accessibility of TCP/IP based network services beyond firewalls.
- smbmap – Handy SMB enumeration tool.
- scapy – Python-based interactive packet manipulation program & library.
- Dshell – Network forensic analysis framework.
- Debookee – Simple and powerful network traffic analyzer for macOS.
- Dripcap – Caffeinated packet analyzer.
- Printer Exploitation Toolkit (PRET) – Tool for printer security testing capable of IP and USB connectivity, fuzzing, and exploitation of PostScript, PJL, and PCL printer language features.
- Praeda – Automated multi-function printer data harvester for gathering usable data during security assessments.
- routersploit – Open source exploitation framework similar to Metasploit but dedicated to embedded devices.
- evilgrade – Modular framework to take advantage of poor upgrade implementations by injecting fake updates.
- XRay – Network (sub)domain discovery and reconnaissance automation tool.
- Ettercap – Comprehensive, mature suite for machine-in-the-middle attacks.
- BetterCAP – Modular, portable and easily extensible MITM framework.
Wireless Network Tools
- Aircrack-ng – Set of tools for auditing wireless networks.
- Kismet – Wireless network detector, sniffer, and IDS.
- Reaver – Brute force attack against WiFi Protected Setup.
- Wifite – Automated wireless attack tool.
- Fluxion – Suite of automated social engineering based WPA attacks.
Transport Layer Security Tools
- SSLyze – Fast and comprehensive TLS/SSL configuration analyzer to help identify security mis-configurations.
- tls_prober – Fingerprint a server’s SSL/TLS implementation.
- OWASP Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP) – Feature-rich, scriptable HTTP intercepting proxy and fuzzer for penetration testing web applications.
- Fiddler – Free cross-platform web debugging proxy with user-friendly companion tools.
- Burp Suite – Integrated platform for performing security testing of web applications.
- autochrome – Easy to install a test browser with all the appropriate setting needed for web application testing with native Burp support, from NCCGroup.
- Browser Exploitation Framework (BeEF) – Command and control server for delivering exploits to commandeered Web browsers.
- Offensive Web Testing Framework (OWTF) – Python-based framework for pentesting Web applications based on the OWASP Testing Guide.
- WordPress Exploit Framework – Ruby framework for developing and using modules which aid in the penetration testing of WordPress powered websites and systems.
- WPSploit – Exploit WordPress-powered websites with Metasploit.
- SQLmap – Automatic SQL injection and database takeover tool.
- tplmap – Automatic server-side template injection and Web server takeover tool.
- weevely3 – Weaponized web shell.
- Wappalyzer – Wappalyzer uncovers the technologies used on websites.
- WhatWeb – Website fingerprinter.
- BlindElephant – Web application fingerprinter.
- wafw00f – Identifies and fingerprints Web Application Firewall (WAF) products.
- fimap – Find, prepare, audit, exploit and even Google automatically for LFI/RFI bugs.
- Kadabra – Automatic LFI exploiter and scanner.
- Kadimus – LFI scan and exploit tool.
- liffy – LFI exploitation tool.
- Commix – Automated all-in-one operating system command injection and exploitation tool.
- DVCS Ripper – Rip web accessible (distributed) version control systems: SVN/GIT/HG/BZR.
- GitTools – Automatically find and download Web-accessible
- sslstrip – Demonstration of the HTTPS stripping attacks.
- sslstrip2 – SSLStrip version to defeat HSTS.
- HexEdit.js – Browser-based hex editing.
- Hexinator – World’s finest (proprietary, commercial) Hex Editor.
- Frhed – Binary file editor for Windows.
- 0xED – Native macOS hex editor that supports plug-ins to display custom data types.
File Format Analysis Tools
- Veles – Binary data visualization and analysis tool.
- Hachoir – Python library to view and edit a binary stream as tree of fields and tools for metadata extraction.
Defense Evasion Tools
- Veil – Generate metasploit payloads that bypass common anti-virus solutions.
- shellsploit – Generates custom shellcode, backdoors, injectors, optionally obfuscates every byte via encoders.
- Hyperion – Runtime encryptor for 32-bit portable executables (“PE
- AntiVirus Evasion Tool (AVET) – Post-process exploits containing executable files targeted for Windows machines to avoid being recognized by antivirus software.
- peCloak.py – Automates the process of hiding a malicious Windows executable from antivirus (AV) detection.
- peCloakCapstone – Multi-platform fork of the peCloak.py automated malware antivirus evasion tool.
- UniByAv – Simple obfuscator that takes raw shellcode and generates Anti-Virus friendly executables by using a brute-forcable, 32-bit XOR key.
Hash Cracking Tools
- John the Ripper – Fast password cracker.
- Hashcat – The more fast hash cracker.
- CeWL – Generates custom wordlists by spidering a target’s website and collecting unique words.
- Sysinternals Suite – The Sysinternals Troubleshooting Utilities.
- Windows Credentials Editor – Inspect logon sessions and add, change, list, and delete associated credentials, including Kerberos tickets.
- mimikatz – Credentials extraction tool for Windows operating system.
- PowerSploit – PowerShell Post-Exploitation Framework.
- Windows Exploit Suggester – Detects potential missing patches on the target.
- Responder – LLMNR, NBT-NS and MDNS poisoner.
- Bloodhound – Graphical Active Directory trust relationship explorer.
- Empire – Pure PowerShell post-exploitation agent.
- Fibratus – Tool for exploration and tracing of the Windows kernel.
- wePWNise – Generates architecture independent VBA code to be used in Office documents or templates and automates bypassing application control and exploit mitigation software.
- redsnarf – Post-exploitation tool for retrieving password hashes and credentials from Windows workstations, servers, and domain controllers.
- Magic Unicorn – Shellcode generator for numerous attack vectors, including Microsoft Office macros, PowerShell, HTML applications (HTA), or
certutil (using fake certificates).
- Bella – Pure Python post-exploitation data mining and remote administration tool for macOS.
- LOIC – Open source network stress tool for Windows.
- SlowLoris – DoS tool that uses low bandwidth on the attacking side.
- HOIC – Updated version of Low Orbit Ion Cannon, has ‘boosters’ to get around common counter measures.
- T50 – Faster network stress tool.
- UFONet – Abuses OSI layer 7 HTTP to create/manage ‘zombies’ and to conduct different attacks using;
POST, multithreading, proxies, origin spoofing methods, cache evasion techniques, etc.
Social Engineering Tools
- Social Engineer Toolkit (SET) – Open source pentesting framework designed for social engineering featuring a number of custom attack vectors to make believable attacks quickly.
- King Phisher – Phishing campaign toolkit used for creating and managing multiple simultaneous phishing attacks with custom email and server content.
- Evilginx – MITM attack framework used for phishing credentials and session cookies from any Web service.
- wifiphisher – Automated phishing attacks against WiFi networks.
- Catphish – Tool for phishing and corporate espionage written in Ruby.
- Maltego – Proprietary software for open source intelligence and forensics, from Paterva.
- theHarvester – E-mail, subdomain and people names harvester.
- creepy – Geolocation OSINT tool.
- metagoofil – Metadata harvester.
- Google Hacking Database – Database of Google dorks; can be used for recon.
- Google-dorks – Common Google dorks and others you probably don’t know.
- GooDork – Command line Google dorking tool.
- dork-cli – Command line Google dork tool.
- Censys – Collects data on hosts and websites through daily ZMap and ZGrab scans.
- Shodan – World’s first search engine for Internet-connected devices.
- recon-ng – Full-featured Web Reconnaissance framework written in Python.
- github-dorks – CLI tool to scan github repos/organizations for potential sensitive information leak.
- vcsmap – Plugin-based tool to scan public version control systems for sensitive information.
- Spiderfoot – Multi-source OSINT automation tool with a Web UI and report visualizations
- BinGoo – GNU/Linux bash based Bing and Google Dorking Tool.
- fast-recon – Perform Google dorks against a domain.
- snitch – Information gathering via dorks.
- Sn1per – Automated Pentest Recon Scanner.
- Threat Crowd – Search engine for threats.
- Virus Total – VirusTotal is a free service that analyzes suspicious files and URLs and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware.
- DataSploit – OSINT visualizer utilizing Shodan, Censys, Clearbit, EmailHunter, FullContact, and Zoomeye behind the scenes.
- AQUATONE – Subdomain discovery tool utilizing various open sources producing a report that can be used as input to other tools.
- Tor – Free software and onion routed overlay network that helps you defend against traffic analysis.
- OnionScan – Tool for investigating the Dark Web by finding operational security issues introduced by Tor hidden service operators.
- I2P – The Invisible Internet Project.
- Nipe – Script to redirect all traffic from the machine to the Tor network.
- What Every Browser Knows About You – Comprehensive detection page to test your own Web browser’s configuration for privacy and identity leaks.
Reverse Engineering Tools
- Interactive Disassembler (IDA Pro) – Proprietary multi-processor disassembler and debugger for Windows, GNU/Linux, or macOS; also has a free version, IDA Free.
- WDK/WinDbg – Windows Driver Kit and WinDbg.
- OllyDbg – x86 debugger for Windows binaries that emphasizes binary code analysis.
- Radare2 – Open source, crossplatform reverse engineering framework.
- x64dbg – Open source x64/x32 debugger for windows.
- Immunity Debugger – Powerful way to write exploits and analyze malware.
- Evan’s Debugger – OllyDbg-like debugger for GNU/Linux.
- Medusa – Open source, cross-platform interactive disassembler.
- plasma – Interactive disassembler for x86/ARM/MIPS. Generates indented pseudo-code with colored syntax code.
- peda – Python Exploit Development Assistance for GDB.
- dnSpy – Tool to reverse engineer .NET assemblies.
- binwalk – Fast, easy to use tool for analyzing, reverse engineering, and extracting firmware images.
- PyREBox – Python scriptable Reverse Engineering sandbox by Cisco-Talos.
- Voltron – Extensible debugger UI toolkit written in Python.
- Capstone – Lightweight multi-platform, multi-architecture disassembly framework.
Physical Access Tools
- LAN Turtle – Covert “USB Ethernet Adapter” that provides remote access, network intelligence gathering, and MITM capabilities when installed in a local network.
- USB Rubber Ducky – Customizable keystroke injection attack platform masquerading as a USB thumbdrive.
- Poisontap – Siphons cookies, exposes internal (LAN-side) router and installs web backdoor on locked computers.
- WiFi Pineapple – Wireless auditing and penetration testing platform.
- Proxmark3 – RFID/NFC cloning, replay, and spoofing toolkit often used for analyzing and attacking proximity cards/readers, wireless keys/keyfobs, and more.
- ChipWhisperer – Complete open-source toolchain for side-channel power analysis and glitching attacks.
- ctf-tools – Collection of setup scripts to install various security research tools easily and quickly deployable to new machines.
- Pwntools – Rapid exploit development framework built for use in CTFs.
- RsaCtfTool – Decrypt data enciphered using weak RSA keys, and recover private keys from public keys using a variety of automated attacks.
Penetration Testing Report Templates
Penetration Testing Books
- The Art of Exploitation by Jon Erickson, 2008
- Metasploit: The Penetration Tester’s Guide by David Kennedy et al., 2011
- Penetration Testing: A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking by Georgia Weidman, 2014
- Rtfm: Red Team Field Manual by Ben Clark, 2014
- The Hacker Playbook by Peter Kim, 2014
- The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing by Patrick Engebretson, 2013
- Professional Penetration Testing by Thomas Wilhelm, 2013
- Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly-Secured Environments by Lee Allen, 2012
- Violent Python by TJ O’Connor, 2012
- Fuzzing: Brute Force Vulnerability Discovery by Michael Sutton et al., 2007
- Black Hat Python: Python Programming for Hackers and Pentesters by Justin Seitz, 2014
- Penetration Testing: Procedures & Methodologies by EC-Council, 2010
- Unauthorised Access: Physical Penetration Testing For IT Security Teams by Wil Allsopp, 2010
- Advanced Persistent Threat Hacking: The Art and Science of Hacking Any Organization by Tyler Wrightson, 2014
- Bug Hunter’s Diary by Tobias Klein, 2011
- Advanced Penetration Testing by Wil Allsopp, 2017
Hackers Handbook Series
- The Database Hacker’s Handbook, David Litchfield et al., 2005
- The Shellcoders Handbook by Chris Anley et al., 2007
- The Mac Hacker’s Handbook by Charlie Miller & Dino Dai Zovi, 2009
- The Web Application Hackers Handbook by D. Stuttard, M. Pinto, 2011
- iOS Hackers Handbook by Charlie Miller et al., 2012
- Android Hackers Handbook by Joshua J. Drake et al., 2014
- The Browser Hackers Handbook by Wade Alcorn et al., 2014
- The Mobile Application Hackers Handbook by Dominic Chell et al., 2015
- Car Hacker’s Handbook by Craig Smith, 2016
Network Analysis Books
Reverse Engineering Books
Malware Analysis Books
Social Engineering Books
Lock Picking Books
Defcon Suggested Reading
- Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) – Dictionary of common names (i.e., CVE Identifiers) for publicly known security vulnerabilities.
- National Vulnerability Database (NVD) – United States government’s National Vulnerability Database provides additional meta-data (CPE, CVSS scoring) of the standard CVE List along with a fine-grained search engine.
- US-CERT Vulnerability Notes Database – Summaries, technical details, remediation information, and lists of vendors affected by software vulnerabilities, aggregated by the United States Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT).
- Full-Disclosure – Public, vendor-neutral forum for detailed discussion of vulnerabilities, often publishes details before many other sources.
- Bugtraq (BID) – Software security bug identification database compiled from submissions to the SecurityFocus mailing list and other sources, operated by Symantec, Inc.
- Exploit-DB – Non-profit project hosting exploits for software vulnerabilities, provided as a public service by Offensive Security.
- Microsoft Security Bulletins – Announcements of security issues discovered in Microsoft software, published by the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC).
- Microsoft Security Advisories – Archive of security advisories impacting Microsoft software.
- Mozilla Foundation Security Advisories – Archive of security advisories impacting Mozilla software, including the Firefox Web Browser.
- Packet Storm – Compendium of exploits, advisories, tools, and other security-related resources aggregated from across the industry.
- CXSecurity – Archive of published CVE and Bugtraq software vulnerabilities cross-referenced with a Google dork database for discovering the listed vulnerability.
- SecuriTeam – Independent source of software vulnerability information.
- Vulnerability Lab – Open forum for security advisories organized by category of exploit target.
- Zero Day Initiative – Bug bounty program with publicly accessible archive of published security advisories, operated by TippingPoint.
- Vulners – Security database of software vulnerabilities.
- Inj3ct0r (Onion service) – Exploit marketplace and vulnerability information aggregator.
- Open Source Vulnerability Database (OSVDB) – Historical archive of security vulnerabilities in computerized equipment, no longer adding to its vulnerability database as of April, 2016.
- HPI-VDB – Aggregator of cross-referenced software vulnerabilities offering free-of-charge API access, provided by the Hasso-Plattner Institute, Potsdam.
Information Security Conferences
- DEF CON – Annual hacker convention in Las Vegas.
- Black Hat – Annual security conference in Las Vegas.
- BSides – Framework for organising and holding security conferences.
- CCC – Annual meeting of the international hacker scene in Germany.
- DerbyCon – Annual hacker conference based in Louisville.
- PhreakNIC – Technology conference held annually in middle Tennessee.
- ShmooCon – Annual US East coast hacker convention.
- CarolinaCon – Infosec conference, held annually in North Carolina.
- CHCon – Christchurch Hacker Con, Only South Island of New Zealand hacker con.
- SummerCon – One of the oldest hacker conventions, held during Summer.
- Hack.lu – Annual conference held in Luxembourg.
- Hackfest – Largest hacking conference in Canada.
- HITB – Deep-knowledge security conference held in Malaysia and The Netherlands.
- Troopers – Annual international IT Security event with workshops held in Heidelberg, Germany.
- Hack3rCon – Annual US hacker conference.
- ThotCon – Annual US hacker conference held in Chicago.
- LayerOne – Annual US security conference held every spring in Los Angeles.
- DeepSec – Security Conference in Vienna, Austria.
- SkyDogCon – Technology conference in Nashville.
- SECUINSIDE – Security Conference in Seoul.
- DefCamp – Largest Security Conference in Eastern Europe, held annually in Bucharest, Romania.
- AppSecUSA – Annual conference organized by OWASP.
- BruCON – Annual security conference in Belgium.
- Infosecurity Europe – Europe’s number one information security event, held in London, UK.
- Nullcon – Annual conference in Delhi and Goa, India.
- RSA Conference USA – Annual security conference in San Francisco, California, USA.
- Swiss Cyber Storm – Annual security conference in Lucerne, Switzerland.
- Virus Bulletin Conference – Annual conference going to be held in Denver, USA for 2016.
- Ekoparty – Largest Security Conference in Latin America, held annually in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- 44Con – Annual Security Conference held in London.
- BalCCon – Balkan Computer Congress, annually held in Novi Sad, Serbia.
- FSec – FSec – Croatian Information Security Gathering in Varaždin, Croatia.
Information Security Magazines
- Kali Linux Tools – List of tools present in Kali Linux.
- SecTools – Top 125 Network Security Tools.
- Pentest Cheat Sheets – Awesome Pentest Cheat Sheets.
- C/C++ Programming – One of the main language for open source security tools.
- .NET Programming – Software framework for Microsoft Windows platform development.
- Shell Scripting – Command line frameworks, toolkits, guides and gizmos.
- Ruby Programming by @dreikanter – The de-facto language for writing exploits.
- Ruby Programming by @markets – The de-facto language for writing exploits.
- Ruby Programming by @Sdogruyol – The de-facto language for writing exploits.
- Node.js Programming by @sindresorhus – Curated list of delightful Node.js packages and resources.
- Python tools for penetration testers – Lots of pentesting tools are written in Python.
- Python Programming by @svaksha – General Python programming.
- Python Programming by @vinta – General Python programming.
- Android Security – Collection of Android security related resources.
- Awesome Awesomness – The List of the Lists.
- AppSec – Resources for learning about application security.
- CTFs – Capture The Flag frameworks, libraries, etc.
- InfoSec § Hacking challenges – Comprehensive directory of CTFs, wargames, hacking challenge websites, pentest practice lab exercises, and more.
- Hacking – Tutorials, tools, and resources.
- Honeypots – Honeypots, tools, components, and more.
- Infosec – Information security resources for pentesting, forensics, and more.
- Forensics – Free (mostly open source) forensic analysis tools and resources.
- Malware Analysis – Tools and resources for analysts.
- PCAP Tools – Tools for processing network traffic.
- Security – Software, libraries, documents, and other resources.
- Awesome Lockpicking – Awesome guides, tools, and other resources about the security and compromise of locks, safes, and keys.
- SecLists – Collection of multiple types of lists used during security assessments.
- Security Talks – Curated list of security conferences.
- OSINT – Awesome OSINT list containing great resources.
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