Use only system and network you own, or machines you have permission to hack into.  Hacking into system or network without permission is a crime!  Don’t do it!  If you do illegal things, you may be arrested and go to jail, and I will be unable to save you.  These instructions are intended to train computer security professionals, not to help criminals.


Armitage is a fantastic GUI front-end for the Metasploit Framework developed by Raphael Mudge with the goal of helping security professionals better understand hacking and to help them realize the power of Metasploit. Further information about this excellent project can be obtained at Armitage’s Official Website.

Armitage 5 shells.png

Armitage Setup

Armitage is included in BackTrack, so all we need to do is run “armitage” from any command prompt.

root@kali:~# armitage
Armitage connect.png

We can just accept the defaults for Armitage and click “Start MSF”. Afterwards, the main Armitage window is displayed.

Armitage Scanning

To select a scan we wish to run with Armitage, we expand the module tree and double-click on the scanner we wish to use, in this case, “smb_version”, and set our RHOSTS target range.

Armitage scan config.png

After clicking “Launch”, we wait a brief amount of time for the scan to complete and are presented with the hosts that were detected. The graphics on the hosts indicate that there are either WinXP or Server 2003 targets.

Armitage scanned hosts.png

If there are any hosts we don’t wish to target, they can be removed by right-clicking on a host, expanding the “Host” menu, and selecting “Remove Host”. We see in our scan results that there are two Server 2003 targets so we can select just those two and perform additional scanning on them. Notice that Armitage automatically sets the RHOSTS value based on our selection.

Armitage scan servers.png

Right-clicking on a host and selecting “Services” will open a new tab displaying all of the services that have been scanned on the target system.

Armitage scanned services.png

Even with these brief scans, we can see that we have gathered quite a bit of information about our targets that is presented to us in a very friendly fashion. Additionally, all of the gathered information is also conveniently stored for us in the MYSQL database.

mysql> use msf3;
Reading table information for completion of table and column names
You can turn off this feature to get a quicker startup with -A

Database changed
mysql> select address,os_flavor from hosts;
| address       | os_flavor       |
| | Windows 2003 R2 |
| | Windows 2003 R2 |
| | Windows XP      |
| | Windows XP      |
| | Windows XP      |
5 rows in set (0.00 sec)


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