[OLD] So you want to use Backtrack 5? [With Pictures/Windows/Mac/Linux]

I'm seeing a lot of my viewers still use Windows, and since I haven't posted any Windows information yet (don't worry, I will!) I felt like posting a how-to on dual-booting (or single-booting) the penetration testing suite I use called Backtrack 5 would be very helpful to everyone viewing my blog. Here's a quick list of the things you'll need to install Backtrack 5: a USB stick with at least 2gigs of free space (mine is 8gigs), I would suggest 4gigs as a minimum. a computer to install it to (you can dualboot, or fresh install and overwrite a disk) an Ethernet Internet connection makes this easier in the updating stage.

[OLD] Installing SSLStrip [Linux]

I've written most of a how-to and explanation of how to use two programs, SSLStrip and Ettercap, to sniff networks and grab passwords even if a secure connection is used (HTTPS rather than HTTP), but I have to cover a few topics before I release it. First, I need to explain how to install SSLStrip for those people not using Backtrack 5, then I must explain ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) poisoning and spoofing, since this is an important part of using SSLStrip and Ettercap to grab passwords. If you're using Backtrack 5, like I mentioned before SSLStrip should be installed already and located in the "/pentest/web/sslstrip" folder and can be run by typing "python" For the users not using Backtrack 5, follow the directions below:

Beginning networking in Ubuntu [Linux]

Since I'm trying to cover all the basics first so new users can jump right in to later topics by just reading these and the other posts I've released and *hopefully* gain and understanding of the most basic Linux commands and functions. Each command listed below I will attempt to describe the basis for it's name, what it's acronym stands for (if necessary), the basic uses of it, a few more advanced uses of it, and any other information I (or any commentators!) see useful.

[OLD] Installing Ettercap [Linux]

Right now I'm working on a password-sniffing Ettercap guide, but I require my home Desktop to finish it (with screenshots and better scripts), and me being on vacation in Florida right now impedes me from doing that. I'll be home tomorrow night, and should be working hard on it so look for something relating to this then! For now, here's a guide on installing the program I'll be using: Ettercap. Backtrack5 should come automatically installed with it, but for those dual-booting and using general Linux flavors, here's a guide for you!

[OLD] Installing Metasploit [Linux/Now Updated with Windows!]

Now that I've briefly covered some WEP/WPA cracking, lets install an important tool to our arsenal for issuing exploits and "payloads" (a name for exploits). This program is called "Metasploit" and is considered by many to be one of the most important hacking/pentesting tools around. It has an amazing array of exploits that can be used on many vulnerable machines, and when coupled with the vulnerability scanner Nessus (I'll cover this in the future) becomes a highly sophisticated tool we can use to hack into and secure our networks. I'm installing this on Ubuntu Gnome Backtrack 5 (the newest release), so if you're on a different GUI (like KDE) and aren't using BT5, some things might be different. NOTE: It may be useful for new users to check out my  Linux commands overview that I recently updated (the day this post was released). Hopefully you know the basics of Linux navigation and listing commands, so lets begin.

[OLD] Cracking WEP/WPA/2 networks with Aircrack-ng [Linux]

Now that you have hopefully installed the Aircrack-ng suite and familiarized yourself with some basic Linux commands, we can start cracking WEP and WPA1/2 networks to see the differences in securi ty  Wired Equivalent Privacy  (WEP) and Wi-fi Protected Access (WPA) provide.

A Quick Overview of Linux Commands [Linux]

Before my posts really start, I thought a quick overview of commonly used Linux commands would be useful since this blog is for complete newbies and those starting off with almost no experience. Below is a list of commonly used Linux commands (I will update this frequently, so it might be small at first):