Hacking with Kali

1st Edition

Practical Penetration Testing Techniques

Authors: James Broad Andrew Bindner
Paperback ISBN: 9780124077492
eBook ISBN: 9780124078833
Imprint: Syngress
Published Date: 4th December 2013
Page Count: 238
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Hacking with Kali introduces you the most current distribution of the de facto standard tool for Linux pen testing. Starting with use of the Kali live CD and progressing through installation on hard drives, thumb drives and SD cards, author James Broad walks you through creating a custom version of the Kali live distribution. You’ll learn how to configure networking components, storage devices and system services such as DHCP and web services.

Once you're familiar with the basic components of the software, you'll learn how to use Kali through the phases of the penetration testing lifecycle; one major tool from each phase is explained. The book culminates with a chapter on reporting that will provide examples of documents used prior to, during and after the pen test.

This guide will benefit information security professionals of all levels, hackers, systems administrators, network administrators, and beginning and intermediate professional pen testers, as well as students majoring in information security.

Key Features

  • Provides detailed explanations of the complete penetration testing lifecycle
  • Complete linkage of the Kali information, resources and distribution downloads
  • Hands-on exercises reinforce topics


Information Security professionals of all levels, hackers, systems administrators, network administrators, beginning and intermediate professional Pen Testers, and an academic audience among information security majors.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Introduction

Information in This Chapter

Book Overview and Key Learning Points

Book Audience

Diagrams, Figures, and Screen Captures


Penetration Testing Lifecycle


Kali History


Chapter 2. Download and Install Kali Linux

Information in This Chapter

Chapter Overview and Key Learning Points

Kali Linux

System Information

Downloading Kali

Hard Drive Installation

Thumb Drive Installation

SD Card Installation


Chapter 3. Software, Patches, and Upgrades

Information in This Chapter

Chapter Overview and Key Learning Points

APT Package Handling Utility

Debian Package Manager


A Practical Guide to Installing Nessus


Chapter 4. Configuring Kali Linux

Information in This Chapter

Chapter Overview and Key Learning Points

About This Chapter

The Basics of Networking

Using the Graphical User Interface to Configure Network Interfaces


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About the Author

James Broad

James Broad (CISSP, C|EH, CPTS, Security+, MBA) is the President and owner of Cyber-Recon, LLC, where he and his team of consultants specialize in Information Security, Information Assurance, Certification and Accreditation and offer other security consultancy services to corporate and government clients. As a security professional with over 20 years of real-world IT experience, James is an expert in many areas of IT security, specializing in security engineering, penetration testing, vulnerability analysis and research. He has provided security services in the nation’s most critical sectors including defense, law enforcement, intelligence, finance and healthcare.

Affiliations and Expertise

President and Owner, Cyber-Recon, LLC.

Andrew Bindner

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Security Consultant, CDW