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Open-Source Metasploit Framework 5.0 Improves Security Testing

January 14, 2019 / Sean Michael Kerner

Among the most widely used tools by security researchers is the open-source Metasploit Framework, which has now been updated with the new 5.0 release. Metasploit Framework is penetration testing technology, providing security researchers with a variety of tools and capabilities to validate the security of a given application or infrastructure deployment. With Metasploit, researchers can also test exploits against targets to see if they are at risk, in an attempt to penetrate the defensive measures that are in place. The 5.0 release of Metasploit introduces multiple new and enhanced capabilities, including automation APIs, evasion modules and usability improvements. "As the first major Metasploit release since 2011, Metasploit 5.0 brings many new features, as well as a fresh release cadence," Brent Cook, senior manager at Rapid7, wrote in a blog post.