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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Cyber Attack Management Tool - Armitage

Armitage is a graphical cyber attack management tool for Metasploit that visualizes your targets, recommends exploits, and exposes the advanced capabilities of the framework. Armitage aims to make Metasploit usable for security practitioners who understand hacking but don’t use Metasploit every day. If you want to learn Metasploit and grow into the advanced features, Armitage can help you.

Cyber Attack Management Tool


Armitage is a scriptable red team collaboration tool built on top of the Metasploit Framework. Through Armitage, you may launch scans and exploits, get exploit recommendations, and use the advanced features of the Metasploit Framework’s meterpreter. Armitage was originally made for Cyber Defense Exercises, but a lot of penetration testers use Armitage for its collaboration capabilities and its time-saving GUI.

ºCortana Scripting.
ºDynamic Workspaces.
ºGraphical User Interface.
º“Hail Mary” Attack.
ºRed Team Collaboration.

At first glance, it may seem that Armitage is just a pretty front-end on top of Metasploit. That’s not quite true. Armitage is a scriptable red team collaboration tool. It has a server component to allow a team of hackers to share their accesses to compromised hosts.

It’s also possible to write bots that connect to this team server and extend Armitage with scripts written in a language called Cortana. This Cortana piece was funded by DARPA’s Cyber Fast Track program. There’s a lot here.


Your version of Kali Linux may not include Armitage. To install it, type:

apt-get install armitage

Next, you need to start the Metasploit service. Armitage does not use the Metasploit service, but starting it once will setup a database.yml file for your system. This is a necessary step. You only need to do this once:

service metasploit start
service metasploit stop


Before you can use Armitage, you must start the postgresql database. This does not happen on boot, so you must run this command each time you restart Kali:

service postgresql start

To start Armitage in Kali Linux, open a terminal and type:


Armitage will immediately pop up a dialog and ask where you would like to connect to. These parameters only matter if you want to connect to an Armitage team server. Since we’re getting started, we don’t care.  Just press Connect.

Next, Armitage will try to connect to the Metasploit Framework. Big surprise, the Metasploit Framework is not running. Armitage will realize this and it will ask you if you would like it to start Metasploit for you. The correct answer is Yes. Press this button and wait.

You will see connection refused messages for up to a few minutes. If this is your first time starting the Metasploit Framework, this may take literally a few minutes. The Metasploit Framework is the largest Ruby codebase out there and it takes time to load all of its modules for the first time. Be patient.

If all went well, you will see a GUI that looks like this:

You’re now ready to use Armitage.



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