My Setup and OSCP-like VMs

I am running Kali Linux on a Dell Latitude 7350 laptop. The OS is installed on a 512G external USB drive with persistence enabled. I thought it might be slow compared to a dual boot but not at all!

For taking notes, I’m using Cherry Tree. It is a very nice app with a lot of options such as PDF export etc.

My favourite proxy tool is Burp Suite. The community edition is awesome!

and then in not a specific order, my fav tools are:

  • nmap
  • nikto
  • sqlmap
  • wpscan
  • linenum
  • foxy proxy (For Burp)
  • exploitdb
  • python -m SimpleHTTPServer 80 (To upload file on my target) – Or python3 -m http.server
  • gobuster
  • hydra
  • seclists
  • wfuzz
  • John

For now I’m trying to avoid Metasploit. This is something you should use only when you understand how to do pen-testing the hard way.


Here is a nice list of VMs I collecting from different people. It was very useful so I share here what I collected:

  • Basement
  • Brainpan
  • IMF
  • Tr0ll
  • Tr0ll2
  • VulnOSv2
  • SickOS 1.2
  • PWnOS_V2.0
  • Pinky V1
  • Pinky v2
  • Mr Robot
  • Kioptrix4
  • Frikileaks
  • Temple of Doom
  • SkyTower
  • StackOverflows