Monday, 14 May 2012

Learn how to use Armitage in Backtrack 5

Learn how to use Armitage in Backtrack 5 r2


  • Armitage is the GUI based tool for Metasploit , that shows the targets , exploits in the framework.
Features of Armitage 
  • With Armitage you can scan all the alive host on the network .
  • Armitage recommends exploits and will optionally run active checks to tell you which exploits will work. 
  • If these options fail, use the Hail Mary attack to unleash Armitage's smart automatic exploitation against your targets.
  • When you successfully exploit the target ,  With the click of a menu you will escalate your privileges, log keystrokes, browse the file system, and use command shells.
  • Latest Metasploit framework 4.3 or above 
  • Oracle Java 1.7

Step 1 : Open armitage on Backtrack 5.
  • Click on Backtrack > Exploitation Tools > Network Exploitation Tools > Metasploit Framework > armitage
  • See the below image for more details how to open armitage n Backtrack 5 r2.

how to open armitage

Step 2 : Connect Armitage 
  • Click on the connect Button .
  • See the below image for more details -

how to connect armitage

Step 3 : Connecting Armitage 
  • It takes few minutes to connect . So have some patience.

connecting armitage

Step 4 :  Armitage Window 

  • Here is your armitage window shown below - 

Armitage Window

  • Armitage has 3 panels : -
  1. TARGET PANEL : It represents the computer ip address and other information .
  2. MODULE PANEL: It shows the auxiliary,exploit,payload and post.
  3. TABS PANELArmitage opens each dialog, console, and table in a tab below the module and target panels. Click the X button to close a tab.

Armitage Panels

Step 5 : Find the alive host on the Network 

  • In this step we have to search for the host .
  • Under the Nmap Scan, select the  option > Quick Scan (OS detect)
  • See the below image for more details .

Armitage quick scan

  • Here you have to enter the scan range . 
  • Here  this is  class C range.
  • Example image shown below - 

  • Your Scan is complete now .
  • If the nmap scan find the alive host , then it will be shown on your Target Panel .(As shown  Below )
  • See the below image for more details -
Armitage Scan

Step 6 : Finding Attacks 
  • Click on the Attacks > Find Attacks .
  • It will find the most suitable attack for host shown in the Target Panel.
  • See the image shown below -

  • When  attack analysis finished , it informs with a message shown in the image below -

Step 7 : Set the vulnerebility 
  • Right click on the host 
  • Click on smb 
  • Select the ms08_067_netapi  vulnerebility . 

  • Click on the checkbox - Use  a reverse connection .
  • Now click on the Launch Button .

Step 8 :
  • If the target host is vulnerable then its color changes to red .That means we can attack into the computer system.

The above image shows the meterpreter shell, if you want some hands-on experiance with meterpreter commands , then click this link given below -

Example 1 : Opening Command Shell
  • Right click on the host > Meterpreter1 >Interact > Command Shell 

  • Here is the command shell open in the Tab panel
  • See the below image for more details -

  • Type 'dir'  in the shell and you can see the remote system directories.
  • For more details see the below image -
Armitage Attack

  • This example shows  the system information .
  • Type the systeminfo in the command shell .

Example 2 : Take a Screenshot of Remote Desktop -
  • Click on the Meterpreter2 > Explore >Screenshot
  • See the image for more details - 
  • Next image shows the result .

  • Here it is the screenshot of the remote desktop .

Example 3 : Using Keylogger 
  • Click on the Meterpreter2 > Explore > Log Keystrokes 

  • When you click on the log keystrokes , small window pop-up .
  • Just click on the Launch Button if you don't want any changes .
  • Your keylogger is set . Now whenever Victim type anthing , it will display 

  • On the Victim PC 
  • I write some text and Ip address

  • Here is the result , whatever the victim types , it shows on the Log Keystrokes tab .
  • See the image shown below for more details - 

Example 4 : Browse Files 

  • Right click > Meterpreter2 > Explore > Browse Files 
  • Once you click in the Browse files , it will browse all the remote files in  a tab 
  • See the image below - 

  • Output : Browse Files 

Example 4 : Show processes running on the Remote Machine.

  • Right click > Meterpreter2 >Explore >Show Processes

  • Here is the output shown below - 


                                        To learn Metasploit commands click this link 

To Learn Meterpreter Command 

This is how we can use the Armitage with many examples .

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Anonymous said...


after the connection is complete, no application runs. i have waited for several minutes and retried a couple of times but nothing happens. do i need to do some sort of update or install armitage itself? said...
This comment has been removed by the author. said...

> Yes you need update your armitage .

> And if agian its not run then switch and you are using backtrack 5 R1 then switch to Backtrack 5 R2.

> Thank you for your interest in this article , keep following

Anonymous said...

bro wt 2 do in as me getting this additional option tht step .. i am trying to Hack windows 7 Home Premium with backtrack 5R2 said...

If you are new to armitage than no need to change anything . Always Select AUTOMATIC TARGETING (As shown in your picture ) .

At last this just for setting - LHOST,LPORT,RHOST,RPORT etc .

Anonymous said...

it does help in hacking windows 7 thn

David Slovanko said...

No most of the vulnerabilities have been patched in Win 7 . . . Only way to exploit to do an client side attack . . .

Anonymous said...

bro it work,for out local network?? said...

keep following

Anonymous said...

man, Im new to armitage and i was following your tutorials above once i have enterned the range of ip to scan on my local network i'm getting in in nmap console: "rttvar has grown to over 2.3 seconds decreasing to 2.0"

what should I Do? Im connected via wired connection to the wireless router directly and for testing purposes i turned on my laptop which is connected wireless...


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