Lab Setup

I was running VMWare Workstation on my gaming PC for running the labs, but was having issues using VMWare’s remote console over VNC. At home it would work perfectly, but when trying to connect from work, VNC had troubles with the limited bandwidth of my Internet connection.

I have recently swapped to Virtual Box, hoping that RDP will be able to handle the connection speed better. Remote access when connecting from work is done from my personal laptop using a VPN to connect into my home network.

I have a pfSense VM acting as router providing DHCP. When actually running a lab, I untick “Cable Connected” on the adapter that is designated WAN interface meaning no traffic leaves the lab network.

My Kali setup is a default install of Kali with a few other custom scripts downloaded from Github.

Both of the above a run using a linked VM clone. When a lab is complete and write up is done if I was planning to do one, the linked VM’s are completed and a new one is made ensuring a fresh and clean environment. (No nasties left on either machines).

On completion of a lab

The extra scripts I run are:

CMSmap GitHub
A useful tool that checks common CMS applications for vulnerabilities.

Linux Exploit Suggestor GitHub
A useful tool for testing for privilege escalation opportunities on a Linux machine by supplying ‘uname -a’ (or locally if target has internet access)

Linux Exploit Suggestor 2 GitHub
A useful tool for testing for privilege escalation opportunities on a Linux machine by wildcard searching kernel version or by running locally if target machine has Internet access.

[Updated: 08/06/2019]