PaulDotCom: Archives : Zen and The Art Of An Internal Penetration Testing Program

5 09 2010

Ok Ok …. I know im 2 years late to post this as a “new” presentation – but there is some interesting & valuable info in here about pentesting your internal network. Its starts out pretty high level, but is a nice rounded overview on the reasons, methods & tools that you can use to penetration test your network. Hosted by CoreSecurity & presented by Paul Asadoorian from pauldotcom.


• Phase I – Target identification
• Phase II – Detect OS & Services
• Phase III – Identify Vulnerabilities


• Phase IV – Exploitation
• Phase V – Post-Exploitation
• Phase VI – Reporting

Part 1 has some great grounding information in penetration testing, examples in here for several tools (nmap, nessus, nbtscan etc) and also ways to link them together, eg, run an nmap scan across the network, identifying windows hosts listening on 445, use the nmap scripting engine to determine if they are vulnerable – and use that list of hosts in nessus or metasploit etc.

Part 2 contains more information on why should you exploit a machine, how to exploit etc, using both Metasploit & Core Impact. Some useful info on tasks to perform once you have compromised a host – automated info gathering, looking for sensitive data, gathering screenshots, video, sound recordings etc etc. This segment ends with some good tips on how to report this information to management, then some Q&A.

there is some great info in here, its worth a look.

Part 1:

This webcast is Part I of a two part series I am doing in collaboration with Core Security Technologies. The presentation is full of tips, tricks, process, and practical knowledge about performing penetration testing within your own organization. Whether you are a third-party doing penetration tests or want to penetration test your internal network, this webcast is for you! In Part I I cover such topics as finding rogue access points, processes for creating a successful penetration testing program, identifying targets, and more! Information and resources are below:

via PaulDotCom: Archives.


Zen and the Art of an Internal Penetration Testing Program Part I with Paul Asadoorian
Recording date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 3:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
Panelist Information: Paul Asadoorian of PaulDotCom Security Weekly
Duration: 1 hour 9 minutes

Please join Core Security and Paul Asadoorian, founder of PaulDotCom Security Weekly, for a live webcast: “Zen and the Art of Maintaining an Internal Penetration Testing Program.”

During this webcast, Asadoorian will offer tips on successfully integrating penetration testing into your vulnerability management program. You’ll learn:

* How to determine if internal penetration testing is right for your organization
* What questions you should ask when planning a pen testing initiative
* How you can best pitch testing to other departments and gain permission from management
* What types of tests to run and how to address the process of dealing with compromised devices
* Which tips and tricks can help you carry out faster, more effective testing

Whether you’re considering rolling out an internal penetration testing program or need a refresher of best practices for your current testing initiatives, this webcast is sure to be time well-spent.

via Core Security: Recorded webcast

Part 2:

During the webcast, Paul Asadoorian of PaulDotCom Security Weekly will discuss best practices for automating your security testing initiatives. You’ll learn tips and tricks for tying vulnerability scanning, penetration testing and reporting into an efficient, repeatable testing process. Paul will demonstrate techniques for vulnerability identification and exploitation, including:

• Importing Nmap data into Nessus
• Using Nessus, and running nessuscmd to automate vulnerability scanning
• Importing results into Metasploit
• Running msfcli to automate penetration testing
• Importing Nmap & Nessus results into CORE IMPACT Pro
• Using Python to script tasks on compromised hosts with CORE IMPACT Pro

You’ll also get answers to questions such as, “How do I integrate password cracking into my testing?” and “What should I do once a host is compromised during a test?”

via Core Security: Recorded webcast