Published on 2011-07-14 by John Collins. Please follow me on Twitter for more:
Metasploit is the leading open source security penetration testing system in use today. It was originally created by HD Moore during 2003 in Perl, but has since been ported to Ruby and now stands as one of the biggest Ruby-based systems around.
The framework is available for download from their homepage here:
To give you a flavour of what Metasploit can do, here is an example video where the attacker (using a Mac) uses a known exploit in Adobe Reader under Windows XP to install a keylogger and screen capture spyware on the victim's machine, all carried out remotely:
The tutorial detailing the steps carried out in the above video can be found here:
If you wish to learn more, there is an excellent and very detailed guide to the Metasploit framework available online for free here:
Finally, here is a recent interview with the creator of Metasploit, HD Moore: