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Free Penetration Testing Class?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:59 am
by kenizl_86

I was browsing the web-inet one day and started wondering if there could possibly be any free, online penetration testing class? I looked around and found a few, but I was wondering if maybe some of you have any good preferences/references? I would possibly like one that is built for the beginner, but has a lot of info to get you started.

Thanks for any feedback!

Re: Free Penetration Testing Class?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:04 am
by -Ninjex-
If you look into metasploits free course, there is a wealth of knowledge to be learned there. It allows you to download a free vulnerable virtual machine that you can practice on while going through the course!

You can of course take on the challenges here at hackthissite, which will also teach you a whole lot about hacking as well. In addition, there are tons of CTF challenges that go on that you can participate in to try out some of your new tactics! You have vulerable .iso files you can download and attempt to hack into. You can build web applications to exploit on your own! There is a variety of things you can do to help understand hacking better.

A real question would be, what do you want to learn how to hack?
Websites, Computers, Applications, Reverse Engineer Software (to bypass things like trial periods), Wifi, etc, etc

If I had to tell you to choose one, go with the metasploit course, and download metasploitable to test out your skills!

Re: Free Penetration Testing Class?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:54 am
by kenizl_86
I guess what I'm looking for would be a dirt-basic, how-to-get-up-from-nothing course (but I don't believe there's one out there, just learning a whole buncha stuff about TCP/IP & the way networking works and etc.).

I did some of the basic missions and stuff, but I don't really know enough about javascript and the random things to do them. I guess it would be cool to start out with the simplest of Penetration testing tasks, just so I could feel I accomplished & learned something that could be applied to a variety of situations, and not just that specific one (like in the basic missions).

Thanks for the reply!

Re: Free Penetration Testing Class?

PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:50 am
by mShred
Well I think what Ninjex was getting at is that there is a lot of things you could be trying to pentest. Websites, where learning HTML, PHP, Javascript and all that would be helpful. Applications, where Java, C, ASM would be more helpful. Networks, where TCI/IP, other protocols, and all that good shiz are essential.
It's all about what you want to do.

Re: Free Penetration Testing Class?

PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:27 pm
by Jester87
I think I am in a similar situation like kenizl_86. I have some limited experience going through my degree program and its 99% knowledge based and 1% practical hands on application/experience. My question to those here is if there would be someone willing to take time out of their day to do something like host a WebEx session which would allow for live Q&A. I find myself watching various "tutorial videos" and not understanding what they are doing since there is no audio, or they do certain tasks that I'd like a further explanation of.