October 22, 2010 at 1:00 am #5713
I’m going to be setting up a test lab using VMware server on my workstation to play around with. Does anyone any suggestions on labs or setups that would be most helpful? I want to play around and watch how things work.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
October 22, 2010 at 4:20 am #35900
October 22, 2010 at 5:43 am #35901
October 22, 2010 at 2:43 pm #35902XenParticipant
This is my standard ‘building your lab’ response at EH-Net which I copy-paste from one thread to another. Hope you’ll find it helpful.
You do not need any expensive stuff to build your ‘virtual’ test lab. In fact most of the stuff in my lab is absolutely free. You can find various open source counterparts of commercial tools.
There are various ‘free’ virtualization products available like virtualbox, vmware player and vmware server. I’m a big fan of vmware products. Personally, I believe that vmware server will be enough for what you want to do. Vmware server is a stripped down version of the excellent commercial vmware workstation but contains almost all the basic features you’ll require. You can download pre-built linux virtual machines from the vmware website http://www.vmware.com/appliances/directory/
There’s also a free route to get Windows OS. Either you can download the OS from Microsoft’s website which comes with around 3 month trial period. Furthermore, you can also download Windows XP SP2 virtual machine from NIST’s website http://www.offensive-security.com/metasploit-unleashed/windows-xp-machine-setup
As for the softwares like ftp, telnet daemons and webservers etc…well most of them are free anyway 😀
Additionally, you can practice on ready made targets like De-ICE live disks, hackerdemia and pWnOS all of which are available here http://forums.heorot.net/ You also have LAMP security disks http://sourceforge.net/projects/lampsecurity/ Also try your hands at the ‘Skillz’ section of this forum http://www.ethicalhacker.net/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,54/board,12.0/ They will test your limits.
There’s also a topic here at EHNet which will direct you to more stuff for practicing http://www.ethicalhacker.net/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,54/topic,5043.0/
October 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm #35903
Thank you all for your help. I can’t wait to get started!!!
October 22, 2010 at 5:36 pm #35904
October 23, 2010 at 3:07 pm #35905
What are the differences between Hackerdemia and De-Ice Live CD?
October 24, 2010 at 3:05 am #35906
Okay – Thanks to everyone in this forum I just downloaded and installed Hackerdemia within Ubuntu and got it up and working. There is a lab there thats hosted that show a few tutorials on Netcat, Nmap, and Hydra (this one doesn’t work). Are there any other labs? For Hackerdemia that you can follow?
Would De-Ice be better?
October 24, 2010 at 4:38 am #35907
Actually, there are some additional tutorials for the hackerdemia disk, but I have not released them; they were created by, and for, students at the college where I teach. I have always been willing to accept people’s tutorials to be added to the disk, so if you find yourself with nothing to do on a saturday night, you are welcome to write one up and send it to me. =)
As for the difference between the two disks, the hackerdemia is designed to teach tools. The de-ice disks are targets to learn / practice / challenge your skills at hacking.
October 24, 2010 at 10:11 pm #35908
Thank you Grendel – Are there tutorials or challenges with the De-Ice disks? I’m starting to get into pen testing and I was curious if there was any help with learning these techniques.
October 25, 2010 at 2:53 am #35909
If you’re going to do this on your own, I would suggest starting with the fundamentals, and learn the methodology. I suggest for those starting out to pick up a copy of the ISSAF and go from there.
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