The Metasploit project is an open-source penetration testing platform that enables you to find and exploit vulnerabilities. In 2003, H.D. Moore created Metasploit as a portable network tool. On October 21, 2009, the Metasploit project was acquired by Rapid7.

Basic Terms of Metasploit

Basic Commands

To start the Metasploit framework we type msfconsole on the terminal. We are greeted by a banner; it spawns a banner every time we start the msfconsole.

To see all the payloads that are available on the Metasploit framework we use command “show payloads”. It lists all the available payloads in alphabetic order.

msf > show payloads


To see all the exploits that are available on the Metasploit framework we use command “show exploits”. It lists all the available payloads in alphabetic order and it also shows the date it was disclosed and the rank of the exploit ranging from “Excellent-average”.

msf > show exploits

To see the list of all the auxiliaries available in Metasploit framework we can use the command “show auxiliary”. As mentioned earlier, auxiliary modules include scanners, denial of service modules, fuzzers, and more.

msf > show auxiliary


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