Building SMTP server in AWS

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After building out a fairly transparent home network, I found myself needing to receive IDS and SIEM alerts so I could respond to events quicker.  AWS is reliable and fairly cheap, so that is the platform I chose to build out my SMTP server.  This guide will only show how to stand up a system …

Building PenTest Framework in AWS

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Building your Command & Control environment from the cloud not only allows easy management of instances, but also provides scaling as needed.  This guide will show how to build a ubuntu server in AWS, and then download and install the PenTest Framework. Create an AWS account. Under Instances -> Select Launch Instance Within the Quick …

Set up SSL certificates for your web applications!

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Preventing messages and communication from being intercepted between two machines is a requirement in today’s IT infrastructure.  In order to secure your communications between a server and client, encryption is required.  TLS is the current standard.  This walk-through will help install and configure SSL/TLS certificates on a Cent OS 7 machine.  Check out the CentOS …

Light Up CentOS 7, with the LAMP Stack!

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What is the LAMP stack?  This acronym was given because of a common group of services installed commonly for web applications: Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP.  Before we install this group of open source services, if you need help installing CentOS 7, follow my walkthrough here. 1.Install Apache sudo yum install httpd 2.Install the database …

CentOS 7 VMware Installation

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If you work in an environment with RHEL linux machines, CentOS 7 is great for your home lab. Here is a quick walkthrough to install the Minimal ISO (No Graphic User Interface) This ISO will be used in many future walkthroughs on Trenches of IT. 1. Visit https://www.centos.org/download/ Click the Minimal ISO, Select the mirror …

Installing Kali Linux v2017.3

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Kali Linux is a distro that is designed for network analysis and penetration testing.  This includes many specialized tools to assist the user with discover, enumeration, analysis, exploitation, and much more.  If you want to build this installation in a Virtual Machine Click here for a walk-through. 1.Visit https://www.kali.org/downloads and grab the ISO 2. You can use …

Setting up a Virtual Machine with Virtual Box (Windows 10)

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In order to really dig into IT without the worry of destroying your home machine or buying extra hardware it is essential to be comfortable booting up virtual machines. Not only will this allow you to test, but will help you feel comfortable with virtual environments in the corporate arena. Lets start with the source …