The Metasploit Project (http://www.metasploit.com) is one of today's most important open source security projects. Its continued development has far-reaching implications for computer security, and it is consistently rated among the top security tools by security researchers in Fyodor's Top 100 Network Security Tools list (http://www.sectools.org). Metasploit is a pluggable framework for automating the development and use of attacks for software vulnerabilities, and the community that has built up around Metasploit has contributed greatly to the state of vulnerability research and automation. (As with many security technologies, Metasploit's exploit capabilities can be abused by those who endeavor to break into systems, but the net effect of Metasploit on the security landscape is a positive one—more software vendors will pay greater attention to security.)
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