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Commits on Jan 14, 2012
Kevin Polulak Moved the 'Datastore' chapter to after the 'Using the Metasploit Fram…
…ework' chapter as learning about the datastore isn't necessary until after the user has learned how to use msfconsole first.
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Commits on Jan 15, 2012
Kevin Polulak Added a few more paragraphs describing what Metasploit is in the 'Int…
…roduction' chapter.
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@@ -46,14 +46,33 @@ \chapter{Introduction}
This is the official user guide for version 4.2 of the Metasploit Framework.
This guide is designed to provide an overview of what the framework is, how it
works, and what you can do with it. The latest version of this document can be
-found on the Metasploit Framework web site.
+found on the Metasploit Project
+website.\footnote{http://dev.metasploit.com/documents/users\_guide.pdf}
+
+ \section{What is Metasploit?}
+ \label{WHAT-IS-METASPLOIT}
+
+\par
+When we use the word \textit{Metasploit}, we are actually referring to a lot of
+things. Metasploit isn't just a single program, it's an entire suite of tools
+that are essential to penetration testing and exploit development. That's why
+it's called a \textit{framework}.
\par
-The Metasploit Framework is a platform for writing, testing, and using exploit
-code. The primary users of Metasploit are professionals performing penetration
-testing, shellcode development, and vulnerability research.
+The Metasploit Framework is the result of a joint effort between the open source
+community and Rapid7. At its core, the Metasploit Framework is a collection of
+commonly used tools that aid in the rapid development and execution of exploits.
+It's an all-in-one platform for penetration testing that lets you do everything
+from enumerating entire networks and launching an exploit to evading detection
+and escalating privileges.
\par
+Metasploit was designed with the goal of being very flexible and manageable.
+Its modular design and large variety of tools has allowed it to become one of
+most highly respected pieces of software in the world of penetration testing.
+Since 2003, thousands of people have enjoyed using the Metasploit Framework;
+we know you will too!
+
\pagebreak
\chapter{Installation}
@@ -272,198 +291,6 @@ \chapter{Getting Started}
\pagebreak
-\chapter{The Datastore}
-
-\par
-The datastore is a dynamic table of named values (much like a hash) that lets
-the user alter the behavior of certain components of the Metasploit Framework.
-The various components use it to configure settings, patch opcodes, define
-parameters, pass options between modules, etc. There are two different types of
-datastores: the \textit{global} and \textit{module} datastores. The only
-difference being the scope in which their settings can be seen.
-
-\par
-When Metasploit looks for a variable (e.g. \texttt{RHOST} or \texttt{THREADS})
-it searches for it in the current module's datastore first. If it can't be found,
-the global datastore is then searched last.
-
- \section{Global Datastore}
- \label{ENV-GLOBAL}
-
-\par
-The contents of the global datastore are applied to all modules. For instance,
-if the \texttt{RHOSTS} variable is set in the global datastore, the same value
-will be used no matter what module is currently being used.
-
-\par
-The global datastore is accessed through \texttt{msfconsole} using the
-\texttt{setg} and \texttt{unsetg} commands. Calling \texttt{setg} with one
-argument shows the current value of that option (if it exists). If no arguments
-are given, then the entire contents of the global datastore will be displayed.
-
-\begin{verbatim}
-msf > setg
-
-Global
-======
-
-No entries in data store.
-
-\end{verbatim}
-
-\par
-As you can, the global datastore is initially empty by default. We'll explain
-in a little bit how to save these settings to disk so that they're loaded when
-\texttt{msfconsole} starts.
-
- \section{Module Datastore}
- \label{ENV-TEMP}
-
-\par
-The contents of the module datastore are only applicable to the currently loaded
-module. Switching to another module via the \texttt{use} command will result in
-the datastore for the current module being swapped out with the datastore of the
-new module.
-
-\par
-The module datastore is accessed through the \texttt{set} and \texttt{unset}
-commands. Calling \texttt{set} with one argument shows the current value of that
-option (if it exists). If no arguments are given, then the entire contents of
-the module datastore will be displayed. If no module is currently active, the
-\texttt{set} and \texttt{unset} commands will operate in the context of the
-global datastore.
-
-\par
-Consider the following example, using the \texttt{windows/smb/ms08\_067\_netapi}
-module.
-
-{\footnotesize
-\begin{verbatim}
-msf exploit(ms08_067_netapi) > show options
-
-Module options (exploit/windows/smb/ms08_067_netapi):
-
- Name Current Setting Required Description
- ---- --------------- -------- -----------
- RHOST yes The target address
- RPORT 445 yes Set the SMB service port
- SMBPIPE BROWSER yes The pipe name to use (BROWSER, SRVSVC)
-
-
-Exploit target:
-
- Id Name
- -- ----
- 0 Automatic Targeting
-
-
-msf exploit(ms08_067_netapi) > set RHOST 192.168.1.156
-RHOST => 192.168.1.156
-msf exploit(ms08_067_netapi) >
-\end{verbatim}
-}
-
-% TODO Fix this paragraph so that the string windows/smb/smb_relay
-% does not stick out into the right margin
-
-\par
-At this point, if you decided to use another module instead - say
-\texttt{windows/smb/smb\_relay} - the \texttt{RHOST} variable would no longer
-retain its value since it was stored in the datastore for
-\texttt{windows/smb/ms08\_067\_netapi}.
-
-\par
-As noted earlier, Metasploit queries the module datastore first when searching
-for an option or variable. If none is found, then the global datastore is
-searched. This means that if a variable like \texttt{RHOST} is set in both the
-module and global datastores, the value of \texttt{RHOST} in the module
-datastore will take precedence. This behavior allows you to effectively mask or
-alias variables and options set in the global datastore.
-
- \section{Saving the Datastore}
- \label{ENV-SAVE}
-
-\par
-Sometimes it can become quite tedious to constantly set a variable that you
-use reguarly. This is where the \texttt{save} command comes in. The
-\texttt{save} command can be used to serialize the global and all module
-datastores to disk. The saved environment is written to
-\texttt{\$HOME/.msf4/config} and will be loaded when any of the user interfaces
-are executed.
-
- \section{Datastore Efficiency}
- \label{ENV-EFF}
-
-\par
-This split datastore system allows you save time during exploit development
-and penetration testing. Common options between exploits can be defined in the
-global datastore once and automatically used in any exploit you load thereafter.
-
-\par
-The example below shows how setting the \texttt{LPORT}, \texttt{LHOST}, and
-\texttt{PAYLOAD} variables in the global datastore can save you time when
-exploiting a set of Windows-based targets. If this datastore was set and a Linux
-exploit was being used, the module datastore could be used (via \texttt{set} and
-\texttt{unset}) to override these defaults.
-
-{\footnotesize
-\begin{verbatim}
-f > setg LHOST 192.168.0.10
-LHOST => 192.168.0.10
-msf > setg LPORT 4445
-LPORT => 4445
-msf > setg PAYLOAD windows/shell/reverse_tcp
-PAYLOAD => windows/shell/reverse_tcp
-msf > use windows/smb/ms04_011_lsass
-msf exploit(ms04_011_lsass) > show options
-
-Module options:
-
-...
-
-Payload options:
-
- Name Current Setting Required Description
- ---- --------------- -------- -----------
- EXITFUNC thread yes Exit technique: seh, thread, process
- LHOST 192.168.0.10 yes The local address
- LPORT 4445 yes The local port
-
-...
-
-\end{verbatim}}
-
- \section{Datastore Variables}
- \label{ENV-VAR}
-
-\par
-The datastore can be used to configure many aspects of the Metasploit Framework,
-ranging from user interface settings to specific timeout options in the network
-socket API. This section describes the most commonly used environment variables.
-
- \subsection{LogLevel}
-
-\par
-The \texttt{LogLevel} variable is used to control the verbosity of log messages
-provided by the various components of the framework. If this variable is not
-set, logging will be disabled. Setting this variable to \texttt{0} will turn on
-default log messages. A value of \texttt{1} will enable additional, non-verbose
-log messages that may be helpful while troubleshooting. A value of \texttt{2}
-will enable verbose debug logging. A value of \texttt{3} will enable all logging
-and may generate a large amount of log messages. Use this only when much
-additional information is required. Log files are stored in the
-\texttt{\$HOME/.msf4/logs} directory.
-
- \subsection{MsfModulePaths}
-
-\par
-The \texttt{MsfModulePaths} variable can be used to add additional directories
-from which to load modules. By default, Metasploit will load modules from the
-\texttt{modules} directory in the Metasploit root directory. It will also load
-modules from \texttt{\$HOME/.msf4/modules} if such a path exists.
-
-\pagebreak
-
\chapter{Using the Metasploit Framework}
\section{Choosing a Module}
@@ -686,6 +513,198 @@ \chapter{Using the Metasploit Framework}
\pagebreak
+\chapter{The Datastore}
+
+\par
+The datastore is a dynamic table of named values (much like a hash) that lets
+the user alter the behavior of certain components of the Metasploit Framework.
+The various components use it to configure settings, patch opcodes, define
+parameters, pass options between modules, etc. There are two different types of
+datastores: the \textit{global} and \textit{module} datastores. The only
+difference being the scope in which their settings can be seen.
+
+\par
+When Metasploit looks for a variable (e.g. \texttt{RHOST} or \texttt{THREADS})
+it searches for it in the current module's datastore first. If it can't be found,
+the global datastore is then searched last.
+
+ \section{Global Datastore}
+ \label{ENV-GLOBAL}
+
+\par
+The contents of the global datastore are applied to all modules. For instance,
+if the \texttt{RHOSTS} variable is set in the global datastore, the same value
+will be used no matter what module is currently being used.
+
+\par
+The global datastore is accessed through \texttt{msfconsole} using the
+\texttt{setg} and \texttt{unsetg} commands. Calling \texttt{setg} with one
+argument shows the current value of that option (if it exists). If no arguments
+are given, then the entire contents of the global datastore will be displayed.
+
+\begin{verbatim}
+msf > setg
+
+Global
+======
+
+No entries in data store.
+
+\end{verbatim}
+
+\par
+As you can, the global datastore is initially empty by default. We'll explain
+in a little bit how to save these settings to disk so that they're loaded when
+\texttt{msfconsole} starts.
+
+ \section{Module Datastore}
+ \label{ENV-TEMP}
+
+\par
+The contents of the module datastore are only applicable to the currently loaded
+module. Switching to another module via the \texttt{use} command will result in
+the datastore for the current module being swapped out with the datastore of the
+new module.
+
+\par
+The module datastore is accessed through the \texttt{set} and \texttt{unset}
+commands. Calling \texttt{set} with one argument shows the current value of that
+option (if it exists). If no arguments are given, then the entire contents of
+the module datastore will be displayed. If no module is currently active, the
+\texttt{set} and \texttt{unset} commands will operate in the context of the
+global datastore.
+
+\par
+Consider the following example, using the \texttt{windows/smb/ms08\_067\_netapi}
+module.
+
+{\footnotesize
+\begin{verbatim}
+msf exploit(ms08_067_netapi) > show options
+
+Module options (exploit/windows/smb/ms08_067_netapi):
+
+ Name Current Setting Required Description
+ ---- --------------- -------- -----------
+ RHOST yes The target address
+ RPORT 445 yes Set the SMB service port
+ SMBPIPE BROWSER yes The pipe name to use (BROWSER, SRVSVC)
+
+
+Exploit target:
+
+ Id Name
+ -- ----
+ 0 Automatic Targeting
+
+
+msf exploit(ms08_067_netapi) > set RHOST 192.168.1.156
+RHOST => 192.168.1.156
+msf exploit(ms08_067_netapi) >
+\end{verbatim}
+}
+
+% TODO Fix this paragraph so that the string windows/smb/smb_relay
+% does not stick out into the right margin
+
+\par
+At this point, if you decided to use another module instead - say
+\texttt{windows/smb/smb\_relay} - the \texttt{RHOST} variable would no longer
+retain its value since it was stored in the datastore for
+\texttt{windows/smb/ms08\_067\_netapi}.
+
+\par
+As noted earlier, Metasploit queries the module datastore first when searching
+for an option or variable. If none is found, then the global datastore is
+searched. This means that if a variable like \texttt{RHOST} is set in both the
+module and global datastores, the value of \texttt{RHOST} in the module
+datastore will take precedence. This behavior allows you to effectively mask or
+alias variables and options set in the global datastore.
+
+ \section{Saving the Datastore}
+ \label{ENV-SAVE}
+
+\par
+Sometimes it can become quite tedious to constantly set a variable that you
+use reguarly. This is where the \texttt{save} command comes in. The
+\texttt{save} command can be used to serialize the global and all module
+datastores to disk. The saved environment is written to
+\texttt{\$HOME/.msf4/config} and will be loaded when any of the user interfaces
+are executed.
+
+ \section{Datastore Efficiency}
+ \label{ENV-EFF}
+
+\par
+This split datastore system allows you save time during exploit development
+and penetration testing. Common options between exploits can be defined in the
+global datastore once and automatically used in any exploit you load thereafter.
+
+\par
+The example below shows how setting the \texttt{LPORT}, \texttt{LHOST}, and
+\texttt{PAYLOAD} variables in the global datastore can save you time when
+exploiting a set of Windows-based targets. If this datastore was set and a Linux
+exploit was being used, the module datastore could be used (via \texttt{set} and
+\texttt{unset}) to override these defaults.
+
+{\footnotesize
+\begin{verbatim}
+f > setg LHOST 192.168.0.10
+LHOST => 192.168.0.10
+msf > setg LPORT 4445
+LPORT => 4445
+msf > setg PAYLOAD windows/shell/reverse_tcp
+PAYLOAD => windows/shell/reverse_tcp
+msf > use windows/smb/ms04_011_lsass
+msf exploit(ms04_011_lsass) > show options
+
+Module options:
+
+...
+
+Payload options:
+
+ Name Current Setting Required Description
+ ---- --------------- -------- -----------
+ EXITFUNC thread yes Exit technique: seh, thread, process
+ LHOST 192.168.0.10 yes The local address
+ LPORT 4445 yes The local port
+
+...
+
+\end{verbatim}}
+
+ \section{Datastore Variables}
+ \label{ENV-VAR}
+
+\par
+The datastore can be used to configure many aspects of the Metasploit Framework,
+ranging from user interface settings to specific timeout options in the network
+socket API. This section describes the most commonly used environment variables.
+
+ \subsection{LogLevel}
+
+\par
+The \texttt{LogLevel} variable is used to control the verbosity of log messages
+provided by the various components of the framework. If this variable is not
+set, logging will be disabled. Setting this variable to \texttt{0} will turn on
+default log messages. A value of \texttt{1} will enable additional, non-verbose
+log messages that may be helpful while troubleshooting. A value of \texttt{2}
+will enable verbose debug logging. A value of \texttt{3} will enable all logging
+and may generate a large amount of log messages. Use this only when much
+additional information is required. Log files are stored in the
+\texttt{\$HOME/.msf4/logs} directory.
+
+ \subsection{MsfModulePaths}
+
+\par
+The \texttt{MsfModulePaths} variable can be used to add additional directories
+from which to load modules. By default, Metasploit will load modules from the
+\texttt{modules} directory in the Metasploit root directory. It will also load
+modules from \texttt{\$HOME/.msf4/modules} if such a path exists.
+
+\pagebreak
+
\chapter{Advanced Features}
\par
@@ -856,8 +875,8 @@ \chapter{More Information}
\section{Web Site}
\par
-The metasploit.com web site is the first place to check for updated modules and
-new releases. This web site also hosts the Opcode Database and a decent
+The metasploit.com website is the first place to check for updated modules and
+new releases. This website also hosts the Opcode Database and a decent
shellcode archive.
\section{Mailing List}

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