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Can Wireshark be used for internal penetration testing? I am new to penetration testing but I need to learn quickly and start performing internal scans and tests.

asked 24 Mar '15, 08:02

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Yes and no. Wireshark is a recording/analyzing tool, it does not scan or otherwise create packets. Still, Wireshark is helpful in recording your scans (e.g. performed by using nmap) to be able to see/prove afterwards what the scan really did.

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answered 24 Mar '15, 09:28

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Thanks for the feedback. I will have to get familiar with Wireshark and learn how to use it. I am not sure if I need to keep looking for a good pen test program or just use Wireshark.

(25 Mar '15, 07:35) japonzio

I am not sure if I need to keep looking for a good pen test program or just use Wireshark.

The most important thing for pentesting is not a single tool/program, it's good old Know-how. Knowing protocols, network architectures, web architectures, typical security problems/bugs, cryptography know how, and many more things.

Having said that, there is not one single best pentest tool. There a lot of "supporting" tools you can use during the pentest process. One good collection of such tools is Kali Linux, which also includes Wireshark.


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answered 25 Mar '15, 17:50

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