Testing the many different points of potential vulnerability in a company’s security system can be tedious, and automation is the best way to get around that drudgery. Metasploit has been one of the automated testing tools of choice, and its popularity stems from the fact the that it is open source.
However, the latest version adds some copyright protected code along with the open source bits. Rapid7, the lead commercial vendor behind the Metasploit project, explains why to Datamation.
A new version of the open source Metasploit Framework penetration testing tool is set to debut next month with the release of Metasploit Express — ushering in new enhancements for ease-of-use and management that come courtesy of its new commercial underpinnings.
The Metasploit Framework is an open source vulnerability testing framework and is currently at version 3.3. Rapid7, the lead vendor supporting Metasploit, is now aiming to make Metasploit easier to use and manage — and that’s where Metasploit Express, set for release in May, fits in.