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Fundamentals of Exploitation

Build your knowledge of exploitation, including types of exploits, overflows and privilege escalation, as well as tools and techniques related to ethical hacking.

7 videos  //  48 minutes of training

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Course overview

Seven videos take you through the fundamentals of exploiting a system. Get a close look at what exploits are, how they work, the various types of exploits and much, much more. Individual modules on the fundamentals, buffer overflows, privilege escalation, Metasploit, client-side exploits, social engineering and attacking border devices cover the challenges of exploitation in detail, including vulnerability types, countermeasures, vertical versus horizontal privilege escalation, DLL hijacking, Denial of Service (DoS) and even finding ways to physically enter the target company without their knowledge.

Course syllabus

Fundamentals of Exploitation - Types of ExploitsDuration: 14:33

Fundamentals of Exploitation - OverflowsDuration: 6:56

Fundamentals of Exploitation - Privilege EscalationDuration: 6:52

MetasploitDuration: 3:30

Client Side ExploitsDuration: 3:43

Social EngineeringDuration: 5:46

Attacking Border DevicesDuration: 6:15

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