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Top Penetration Testing Tools

November 29, 2012



In today’s security world there is a cluster of penetration tools that either don’t fully get the job done or lack several key components that are highly needed for the penetration process. Today I’m going to narrow down the top AIO (All in one) penetration tools. The tools that I will be listing are mostly paid software, but they should have a demo trail version available for download. This is only a brief list of a few of the top penetration testing tools.


  • Metasploit is one of the biggest penetration testing projects with multiple versions: Framework, Community, Express, and Pro. Framework Metasploit is much more than a penetration tool, it’s also a huge free exploit database with over 600 exploits to choose from including Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux. The Community edition which was released in the year 2011 is fully based on a web interface but lacks some features due to the fact it is a free version of Metasploit. The Express version was released in 2010 and is a more GUI (graphical user interface) friendly version of Metasploit framework, it’s nice for those people who don’t like to remember console commands. Metasploit Pro, is the main Metasploit penetration tool which was also released in 2010 but gets updates about every week. It has all the features that every other Metasploit version did and more, such as web application scanning and VPN pivoting. Metasploit also has an amazing web vulnerability scanner named Nexpose. Nexpose has a free community version and a commercial version which provides more features such as support for web application vulnerabilities.
  • Acunetix is another great penetration tool that has been around sense 2007. Acunetix is strictly a web targeted penetration tool. What makes Acunetix a unique web scanner is its state of the art crawling technology that makes getting the site instructor fast. Acunetix is really talented at detecting false positives unlike most penetration tools out there. Acunetix will give detailed reports that pinpoint security issues right down to the exact line of code. 
  • BackTrack is unlike any other penetration testing tool because it has its own OS (operating system) that is preloaded with a bunch of penetration tools including Metasploit. The operating system is based off of Ubuntu. The first public release of BackTrack was in 2006 and has intensely changed since then with more tools and better GUI. BackTrack category of tools consist of: Information gathering, Vulnerability assessment, Exploitation tools, Privilege escalation, Maintaining access, Reverse engineering, RFID tools, Stress testing, Forensics, Reporting tools, Miscellaneous and Services.

I highly advise anyone reading this to check out these tools and make the evaluation yourself for the Top Penetration Tools.

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