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Metasploit Hacking Tool Now Open for Licensing




Metasploit Hacking Tool Now Open for Licensing
Metasploit Hacking Tool Now Open for Licensing



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http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=165636 

By Kelly Jackson Higgins
Senior Editor
Dark Reading 
OCTOBER 9, 2008 

The wildly popular Metasploit hacking tool for the first time is now 
officially open source, open-license technology that can be incorporated 
into commercial tools.

The free research and penetration testing tool historically has had 
restricted, non-commercial licensing so that it could only be used by 
researchers or in-house penetration testers -- not repackaged, 
redistributed, or sold. But in the new version 3.2 -- due later this 
month in its final version -- Metasploit project lead HD Moore and his 
team have transformed Metasploit into an official open source project, 
complete with a BSD 3-Clause license arrangement that allows others to 
sell, rename, or =E2=80=9Cfork=E2=80=9D the code in another direction.

Rich Mogull, founder of Securosis, says this will provide more options 
in the penetration testing market. =E2=80=9CChoice increases, and potentially 
the pace of development. But it also means people need to be careful... 
The Metasploit team has done a heck of a good job on quality, which 
isn't guaranteed as people take it in new directions,=E2=80=9D Mogull says. 
=E2=80=9CAlso, we'll likely see commercial products that are just wrappers of a 
system that already has a good UI [user interface]. Some will advance 
the product, but many won't. Me, I'll stick with whatever HD is running 
for now, but we might see some interesting offshoots over time.=E2=80=9D

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