Kali LinuxPenetration TestingSecurityTop 10

Top 10 Powerfull Penetration Testing Tools Used By Hackers

I would like to show you the top most powerfull penetration testing tools which are widely used by white hat as well as black hat hackers. These tools must required for testing of web applications, network security and for other different purposes.

 What is Penetration Testing ?

In simple terms, Penetration testing is a way of determining and improving the security of an enclave(network etc).Penetration testing is a way through which you can find the security weakness in a websites, servers and networks. Techniques of penetration testing are

  1. Reconnaissance/Information- Gathering
  2. Scanning
  3. Exploitation
  4. Maintaining access
  5. Reporting

Note : All Articles on TheHackerStuff are only for Educational Purposes. We don’t promote any malicious activities.

Top 10 Powerfull Penetration Testing Tools Used By Hackers

Also Read : How To Install Kali Linux on Android Devices

#1 Nmap/ZenMap

zenmap top 10 information gathering tools


Nmap (Network Mapper) is a security scanner used to discover hosts and services on a computer network, thus creating a “map” of the network. To accomplish its goal, Nmap sends specially crafted packets to the target host and then analyzes the responses.

It is capable of

  • Host Discovery
  • Port Scanning
  • Service Name and Version Detection
  • OS Detection

Advantages of Nmap are –

  • Bypass firewall or IDS
  • Scan the network for various vulnerabilities.
  • Send well-crafted packets to the target device.
  • Perform fast DNS lookup.
  • Scan a range of IPs.

In addition to the classic command-line Nmap executable, the Nmap suite includes an advanced GUI and results viewer known as Zenmap. Nmap can work on Linux, Unix, BSDs, MacOS X and Windows. Nmap is used to perform reconnaissance/information-gathering over a target network.

#2 MetaSploit FrameWork – Most Popular Penetration Testing Tool

Metasploit Framework is a open source penetration testing tool used for developing and executing exploit codes against a remote target machine.  Metasploit Framework offers tons of tools that range from scanning utilities to easy to launch exploits that include encoders used to bypass common security defenses. In simple words, it is a framework that has collected all sorts of tools and exploits within it to be used easily. Metasploit provides tons of exploits, fuzzing tools and payloads. I think this is the most popular and favourite tool of pentesters and hackers. For demonstration of metasploit, watch below video

#3 SQLMap

sqlmap tool sql injection

Sqlmap is also an open source penetration testing tool which automates the process of detecting and exploiting SQL injection flaws and taking over of database servers. It comes with a powerful detection engine. Once it detects one or more SQL injections on the target host, the user can choose to  perform  an extensive back-end database management system fingerprinting, retrieve DBMS session user and database, enumerate users, password hashes, privileges, databases, dump entire or user’s specific DBMS tables/columns etc. Sqlmap is fully developed in python language. You need to install python if you want to use it on Windows machine.

#4 BurpSuite

burpsuite security tool

If you want to test web sites for vulnerabilities then this tool must be required. Burp Suite is an integrated platform for performing security testing of web application. The suite of products can be used to combine automated and manual testing techniques and consists of a number of different tools, such as a proxy server, a web spider, scanner, intruder, repeater, sequencer, decoder, collaborator and extender.

#5  NiktoVulnerability Scanner

nikto vulnerability scanner hacking tool

There are a number of tools and applications to find vulnerabilities in websites, but one of the simplest  is “Nikto”. Nikto is an Open Source (GPL) web server scanner which performs comprehensive tests against web servers for multiple items, including over 6400 potentially dangerous files/CGIs, checks for outdated versions of over 1200 servers, and version specific problems on over 270 servers.  It also checks for server configuration items such as the presence of multiple index files, HTTP server options, and will attempt to identify installed web servers and software. The large number of tests for both security vulnerabilities and mis-configured web servers makes it a go to tool for many security professionals and systems administrators. It can find forgotten scripts and other hard to detect problems from an external perspective.

#6 WireShark

wireshark sniffing tool

Wireshark is a network analysis tool that captures packets in real time and display them in human-readable format. Wireshark includes filters, color-coding and other features that let you dig deep into network traffic and inspect individual packets. Wireshark is used for network troubleshooting, analysis, software and communications protocol development. Wireshark is very similar to tcpdump, but has a graphical front-end, plus some integrated sorting and filtering options.

#7 Hydra – Password Cracking Tool

hydra password cracking tool

When you need to brute force crack a remote authentication service, Hydra is often the tool of choice. Hydra is a very well-known and respected network log on cracker (password cracking tool) which can support many different services. Hydra is a brute force password cracking tool. Brute force just means that the program launches a relentless barrage of passwords at a log in to guess the password. It can perform rapid dictionary attacks against more than 50 protocols, including telnet, ftp, http, https, smb, several databases, and much more.

#8 Owasp-Zap

OWASP-ZAP hacking tool

OWASP ZAP is an open-source web application security scanner. It can help you automatically find security vulnerabilities in your web applications while you are developing and testing your applications. Its also a great tool for experienced pentesters to use for manual security testing. It is intended to be used by both those new to application security as well as professional penetration testers.

#9 John The Ripper

john the ripper hacking tool

John the Ripper is a fast password cracker for UNIX/Linux and Mac OS X. Its primary purpose is to detect weak Unix passwords, though it supports hashes for many other platforms as well. There is an official free version, a community-enhanced version (with many contributed patches), and an inexpensive pro version. It is one of the most popular password testing and breaking programs as it combines a number of password crackers into one package, autodetects password hash types, and includes a customizable cracker.

#10 Nessus Vulnerability Scanner

Nessus is a remote security scanning tool, which scans a computer and raises an alert if it discovers any vulnerabilities that malicious hackers could use to gain access to any computer you have connected to a network. It is a good automated tool for finding mis-configuration, default passwords, and known vulnerabilities on systems. There are a lot of features in Nessus beyond the default scan used by most that are highly useful.

More Popular Tools – 

  1. Aircrack-ng
  2. Ettercap
  3. Setoolkit
  4. Reaver
  5. Armitage
  6. Beef

Comment Your Favourite Tool Amongst Above Tools

Take a look at Video of “Top 10 Hacking Tools used by Hackers”

Subscribe On Youtube to Get Latest Hacks Click To Subscribe TheHackerStuff


Also Read : How To Protect Your Social Networking Accounts From Hackers

Akshay Sharma

Inner Cosmos

One thought on “Top 10 Powerfull Penetration Testing Tools Used By Hackers

Leave a Reply