The Penetration Testers Framework (PTF) - Is a Way for Modular Support for Up-to-date Tools

Monday, May 18, 2015

A TrustedSec Project - The PenTesters Framework (PTF) is a Python script designed for Debian/Ubuntu based distributions to create a similar and familiar distribution for Penetration Testing. As pentesters, we've been accustom to the /pentest/ directories or our own toolsets that we want to keep up-to-date all of the time. We have those "go to" tools that we use on a regular basis, and using the latest and greatest is important.

PTF attempts to install all of your penetration testing tools (latest and greatest), compile them, build them, and make it so that you can install/update your distribution on any machine. Everything is organized in a fashion that is cohesive to the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES) and eliminates a lot of things that are hardly used. PTF simplifies installation and packaging and creates an entire pentest framework for you. Since this is a framework, you can configure and add as you see fit. We commonly see internally developed repos that you can use as well as part of this framework. It's all up to you.

The ultimate goal is for community support on this project. We want new tools added to the github repository. Submit your modules. It's super simple to configure and add them and only takes a few minute.


First check out the config/ptf.config file which contains the base location of where to install everything. By default this will install in the /pentest directory. Once you have that configured, move to running PTF by typing ./ptf (or python ptf).

This will put you in a Metasploitesk type shell which has a similar look and feel for consistency. Show modules, use , etc. are all accepted commands. First things first, always type help or ? to see a full list of commands.


If you want to install and/or update everything, simply do the following:
use modules/install_update_all

This will install all of the tools inside of PTF. If they are already installed, this will iterate through and update everything for you automatically.

You can also show options to change information about the modules.


First, head over to the modules/ directory, inside of there are sub directories based on the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES) phases. Go into those phases and look at the different modules. As soon as you add a new one, for example, it will automatically be imported next time you launch PTF. There are a few key components when looking at a module that must be completed.

Below is a sample module

Module Development:

All of the fields are pretty easy, on the repository locations, right now all thats supported is GIT. The plan in the next release is to expand to file downloader. This can still be accomplished through after commands (explained later). Fill in the depends, and where you want the install location to be. PTF will take where the python file is located (for example exploitation) and move it to what you specify in the PTF config (located under config). By default it installs all your tools to /pentest//
Note in modules, you can specify after commands {INSTALL_LOCATION}. This will append where you want the install location to go when using after commands.

After Commands:

After commands are commands that you can insert after an installation. This could be switching to a directory and kicking off additional commands to finish the installation. For example in the BEEF scenario, you need to run ruby install-beef afterwards. Below is an example of after commands using the {INSTALL_LOCATION} flag.
AFTER_COMMANDS="cp config/dict/rockyou.txt {INSTALL_LOCATION}"

For AFTER_COMMANDS that do self install (don't need user interaction) - place an exit after your commands so it exits the shell.

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