Top 15 Penetration Testing Tools To Become a Hacker For Windows And Linux

Hello, this is Bhanu. In this article i enclose you with the complete details of penetrating testing, why penetration testing, penetration testing types, top 15 penetration tools with brief explanation and download links. Penetration testing (also called pen testing) is the practice of testing a computer system, network or Web application to find vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit. Pen tests can be automated with software applications or they can be performed manually. Either way, the process includes gathering information about the target before the test (reconnaissance), identifying possible entry points, attempting to break in and reporting back the findings. The main objective of penetration testing is to determine security weaknesses. A pen test can also be used to test an organization's security policy compliance, its employees' security awareness and the organization's ability to identify and respond to security incidents.


What is Penetration Testing?
It’s the method of testing where the areas of weakness in software systems in terms of security are put to test to determine, if ‘weak-point’ is indeed one, that can be broken into or not.

Why Penetration testing?

– Financial data must be secured while transferring between different systems
– Many clients are asking for pen testing as part of the software release cycle
– To secure user data
– To find security vulnerabilities in an application

Penetration Testing Types

1) Social Engineering: 

Human errors are the main causes of security vulnerability. Security standards and policies should be followed by all staff members to avoid social engineering penetration attempt. Example of these standards include not to mention any sensitive information in email or phone communication. Security audits can be conducted to identify and correct process flaws.

2) Application Security Testing:

 Using software methods one can verify if the system is exposed to security vulnerabilities.

3) Physical Penetration Test: 

Strong physical security methods are applied to protect  sensitive data. This is generally useful in military and government facilities. All physical network devices and access points are tested for possibilities of any security breach.

 Pen Testing Techniques:

1.   Manual penetration test
2.   Using automated penetration test tool
3.   Combination of both manual and automated process
The third process is more common to identify all kinds of vulnerabilities.

Top 15 Penetrating Testing Tools for Hackers


1)  MetaSploit :- 

Metasploit is a very powerful network security and analysis tool, used often for penetration attacks, this tool has a clean interface and easily gathers the information that you seek.Using the Metasploit Framework can be a little bit daunting if you're a newbie, especially since using it requires knowledge of the penetration testing workflow and most interactions are through the command line. Luckily, the Web is full of how-tos, documents, videos, discussion forums and training providers for Metasploit Framework. For the reason of making metasploit easy to users, Armitage is Developed. 

2)  Nmap:- 

 Nmap is a very versatile tool developed to scan addresses (IPV6 included), this tool allows the users to gather a mass amount of information about the target quickly, information including open ports, + much, much more. Nmap supports a large number of scanning techniques such as: UDP, TCP connect(), TCP SYN (half open), ftp proxy (bounce attack), ICMP (ping sweep), FIN, ACK sweep, Xmas Tree, SYN sweep, IP Protocol, and Null scan.

 3)  Wireshark:- 

A very powerful network troubleshootingand analysis tool, WireShark provides the ability to view data from a live network, and upports hundreds of protocols and media formats. Cain and Abel :- A revolutionary tool that provides many functions that are able to do various password retrieval jobs, cracking
passwords, sniffing networks, and routing/analyzing protocols. This tool is Windows-only, unlike many other tools that exist, this is a pleasant twist to modern penetration testing and forensic tools.
                  Click Here To Download Wireshark

4)  Armitage :- 

Armitage is a scriptable red team collaboration tool for Metasploit that visualizes targets, recommends exploits, and exposes the advanced post-exploitation features in the framework.
Through one Metasploit instance, your team will:
Use the same sessions
Share hosts, captured data, and downloaded files
Communicate through a shared event log.
Run bots to automate red team tasks.
                        Click Here To Download Armitage

5)   Ettercap :- 

This is a suite for man in the middle attacks on LAN. It features sniffing of live connections, content filtering on the fly and many other interesting tricks. It supports active and passive dissection of many protocols (even ciphered ones) and includes many feature for network and host analysis. (Taken from their website)
                        Click Here To Download Ettercap

6)  John The Ripper :-

John the Ripper is free and Open Source software, distributed primarily in source code form. If you would rather use a commercial product tailored for your specific operating system, which is distributed primarily in the form of "native" packages for the target operating systems and in general is meant to be easier to install and use while delivering optimal performance.

                        Click Here To Download John The Ripper

7)  Kismet :- 
Kismet is a network detectorpacket sniffer, and intrusion detection system for 802.11 wireless LANs. Kismet will work with any wireless card which supports raw monitoring mode, and can sniff 802.11a802.11b802.11g, and 802.11n traffic. The program runs under LinuxFreeBSDNetBSDOpenBSD, and Mac OS X. The client can also run on Microsoft Windows, although, aside from external drones , there's only one supported wireless hardware available as packet source.
                        Click Here To Download Kismet

8)  Aircrack-ng :- 

Aircrack-ng is a complete suite of tools to assess WiFi network security.

It focuses on different areas of WiFi security:
Monitoring: Packet capture and export of data to text files for further processing by third party tools.
Attacking: Replay attacks, deauthentication, fake access points and others via packet injection.
Testing: Checking WiFi cards and driver capabilities (capture and injection).
Cracking: WEP and WPA PSK (WPA 1 and 2).

                        Click Here To Download Aircrack-ng

9)   THC Hydra :- 

  THC Hydra is a Free password cracking tool that can perform very fast dictionary attacks against more than fifty protocols. It is a fast and stable Network Login Hacking Tool which uses dictionary or brute-force attacks to try various password and login combinations against a login page

It supports: Cisco AAA, Cisco auth, Cisco enable, CVS, FTP, HTTP(S)-FORM-GET, HTTP(S)-FORM-POST, HTTP(S)-GET, HTTP(S)-HEAD, HTTP-Proxy, ICQ, IMAP, IRC, LDAP, MS-SQL, MySQL, NNTP, Oracle Listener, Oracle SID, PC-Anywhere, PC-NFS, POP3, PostgreSQL, RDP, Rexec, Rlogin, Rsh, SIP, SMB(NT), SMTP, SMTP Enum, SNMP v1+v2+v3, SOCKS5, SSH (v1 and v2), SSHKEY, Subversion, Teamspeak (TS2), Telnet, VMware-Auth, VNC and XMPP.

HYDRA is tool is a proof of concept code, to give researchers and security consultants the possibility to show how easy it would be to gain unauthorized access from remote to a system.
                     Click Here To Download THC Hydra

10)Cain And Able :-

Cain & Abel is a password recovery tool for Microsoft Operating Systems. It allows easy recovery of various kind of passwords by sniffing the network, cracking encrypted passwords using Dictionary, Brute-Force and Cryptanalysis attacks, recording VoIP conversations, decoding scrambled passwords, recovering wireless network keys, revealing password boxes, uncovering cached passwords and analyzing routing protocols. The program does not exploit any software vulnerabilities or bugs that could not be fixed with little effort. It covers some security aspects/weakness present in protocol's standards, authentication methods and caching mechanisms; its main purpose is the simplified recovery of passwords and credentials from various sources, however it also ships some "non standard" utilities for Microsoft Windows users.

                  Click Here To Download Cain & Able

 11)OpenSSL :-

OpenSSL is an open source project that provides a robust, commercial-grade, and full-featured toolkit for the Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocols. It is also a general-purpose cryptography library. For more information about the team and community around the project, or to start making your own contributions, start with the community page. To get the latest news, download the source, and so on, please see the sidebar or the buttons at the top of every page.
                        Click Here To Download Cain & Able

12)Reaver :-

Reaver has been designed to be a robust and practical attack against WPS, and has been tested against a wide variety of access points and WPS implementations. On average Reaver will recover the target AP’s plain text WPA/WPA2 passphrase in 4-10 hours, depending on the AP. In practice, it will generally take half this time to guess the correct WPS pin and recover the passphrase

13)SET :-

The Social-Engineer Toolkit (SET) is specifically designed to perform advanced attacks against the human element. SET was designed to be released with the  launch and has quickly became a standard tool in a penetration testers arsenal. SET was written by David Kennedy and with a lot of help from the community it has incorporated attacks never before seen in an exploitation toolset. The attacks built into the toolkit are designed to be targeted and focused attacks against a person or organization used during a penetration test.

                            Click Here To Download SET

 14)Maltego :-

Maltego is an interactive data mining tool that renders directed graphs for link analysis. The tool is used in online investigations for finding relationships between pieces of information from various sources located on the Internet. Maltego uses the idea of transforms to automate the process of querying different data sources. This information is then displayed on a node based graph suited for performing link analysis. The focus of Maltego is analyzing real-world relationships between information that is publically accessible on the Internet. This includes footprinting Internet infrastructure as well as gathering information about the people and organisation who own it. 
Maltego provides results in a wide range of graphical layouts that allow for clustering of information which makes seeing relationships instant and accurate – this makes it possible to see hidden connections even if they are three or four degrees of separation apart.

                               Click Here To Download SET

15)  IRONWASP :-

It's Free and Open source,GUI based and very easy to use, no security expertise require, Powerful and effective scanning engine, Supports recording Login sequence
Reporting in both HTML and RTF formats 
Checks for over 25 different kinds of well known web vulnerabilities
False Positives & Negative detection support
Comes bundled with a growing number of Modules built by researchers in the security community.

                                Click Here To Download SET

If you think these tools are not worth it or you want me to change the order of tools  or if you want me to add one or more tools, please comment Below, so that i can modify. 

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Bhanu Namikaze

Bhanu Namikaze is an Ethical Hacker, Security Analyst, Blogger, Web Developer and a Mechanical Engineer. He Enjoys writing articles, Blogging, Debugging Errors and Capture the Flags. Enjoy Learning; There is Nothing Like Absolute Defeat - Try and try until you Succeed.

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