Red Team 101: Understanding Kali Linux
Identifying and breaching vulnerable WiFi networks
Vulnerable wireless networks are a huge liability for many companies. Kali Linux gives you the tools to identify any insecure access points. Built-in programs such as Wireshark will let users find access points that are unpatched or unencrypted, and other tools will help you find out if those access points pose a danger to your wider network.
Attacking vulnerable databases
Tools like sqlmap let red team members find your vulnerable databases and whether it’s possible to exploit them. The red team may be able to find the database management system behind your website or application, map your databases, and extract valuable data.
If someone maps your network, it’s usually the prelude to an attack. Your IDS/IPS systems are designed to catch this initial reconnaissance phase before it escalates. Kali Linux contains tools that determine the effectiveness of your IDS/IPS. Tools like nmap can sneak by some applications, timing their pings below the threshold of suspicious activity.
Many organizations have been embarrassed to find that testers using Kali Linux can break into most of your protected databases and networks using step-by-step tutorials designed for children and teenagers.
What to do Next?
The genius of Kali Linus isn’t that it’s a sophisticated hacking tool. Rather, it contains hundreds of preconfigured hacking tools found throughout the internet. Installing and configuring any single one of these tools can be a journey unto itself – the major benefit of Kali Linux is that it does this work for you while running on nearly any endpoint that you could think of.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll go in-depth on the various tools contained within Kali Linux and other popular red team applications. In the meantime, if you begin to discover vulnerabilities within your critical systems, your first next step is remediation. Contact Safe-T to learn more about how our solutions protect and mitigate common vulnerabilities found in enterprises, small businesses, and governments alike.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Safe-T Blog authored by Eitan Bremler. Read the original post at: https://blog.safe-t.com/red-team-101-understanding-kali-linux