Metasploitable 2, One Pathway to Access via vsFTPD

A detailed Nmap scan with the “sV” option will reveal that Metasploitable is running Vsftpd 2.3.4. Run the msfconsole by typing “sudo msfconsole”. To be honest, I don’t know if msfconsole has to be run under root, I just do. Once running you can do a “search vsftpd” command and it will return one exploit. In this case I typed “use 0” just to make life easier. You can run “set RHOSTS ipaddress” where ipaddress is the local address for Metasploitable. Enter “exploit” and you should have an open Metasploit shell where you can see the file structures and directories.


Metasploitable is a virtual machine running Linux that aspiring hackers can use to break into and practice security. As expected, this virtual machine is riddled with outdated software, services with vulnerabilities, and default passwords. It’s up to the end user learner to find how many ways they can break in. I have found a few on my own. The first way I found through the Hacker Loi Youtube channel and it was the ProFTPvs backdoor. There are more ways and this VM is just like a giant puzzle box. Nessus can make vulnerability much easier but the pros out there […]