Saturday, February 15. 2014
For any computer security geek (like I am), Metasploit is the de facto tool to use. What especially makes Metasploit so good, that there are number of places where you can get brand new exploits to run it with. It is obvious that Packet Storm is the #1 place for your new dose of exploits to run. They release exploits in ready packages for Metasploit on monthly basis. To help people catch up in their installations, there are also yearly packages combining year's monthly updates into a single file.
Due to popularity of Metasploit and quality of Packet Storm's exploits, there are number of instructions how to do the update. I googled "upadate metasploit with packet storm exploits" and got a ton of garbage. Really?! Couple dozen YouTube-videos showing how to do it. Videos?! Really!! Apparently all of those videos are created by script-kiddies for script-kiddies. It is soooo easy to copy/paste information from a YouTube-video, or ... then again, NOT. No matter which search phrases I used, I simply could not find a sensible way of doing the updates. When you don't find the required information from the web, it must be one of these two: 1) you're wrong or 2) everybody else is wrong. My typical choice is 2), ask anybody who knows me.
The single page with idea I found was at Mr. ljy396's blog "How to update exploits from packetstorm website". I was looking at his scripts of collecting and installing the exploits, and thought that there should be a single easy-to-use script for doing all this.
When I started writing my own script, the thought came to me again: "This is so wrong! There must be the real way of doing the updates, but I just didn't find it. It is obvious, that I'm writing an inferior duplicate thing for this." Anyway, that logic never stopped me so far. Here are the results.
The script operates in three modes:
- Do monthly updates:
- Download and install a specific package:
- Install an existing package:
A Metasploit user has the "secret" $HOME/.msf4/-directory. My script adds the updates/-directory for keeping track of which monthly updates it already installed. As Metasploit requires, all of the installed exploits go to modules/. My script renames the .rb.txt-files in the packages properly during the installation. NOTE: I'm not touching the Metasploit install directory. The new updates really go to per-user directory and are not available system-wide.
Any bugs, comments and suggestions are welcome. Please drop a comment.