The primary goal of firewall penetration testing is to prevent unauthorized internet access to your organization’s internal network, or check to make sure your security policy is doing what you think it’s doing. In order to successfully test your organization’s firewall, you must think like the adversary. Collecting intelligence on the network, such as operating system and firewall type, are important to know in order to proceed with the penetration test.
A firewall penetration test’s success is determined by a number of factors. Making sure firewall policies and rules are properly configured can greatly limit the success of attacks and prevent the majority of unauthorized connection attempts. The first step in firewall penetration testing is to find the firewall. Nmap, a popular open-source tool for network discovery and auditing, can be used to accomplish this. This tutorial will demonstrate how nmap can be used for firewall penetration testing to evaluate and improve the security of your network.
Detecting a Firewall Determine Firewall Rules
Understanding firewall policies is the first step towards passing them. Firewall rules must be tested in a vigorous way to make sure they’re protecting the internal systems the way we expect they are. Individual firewall subversion techniques each have a low probability of success, so admins should try as many different methods as possible. The attacker only needs to find one misconfiguration to succeed, while network defenders must close every hole.
Nmap distinguishes between ports that are reachable but closed and those that are