There are different frameworks available for doing a penetration testing, new development has been made everyday. Let suppose if we combine different tools on a single and we categorized it just like in backtrack than we can create a effective penetration testing framework.
This article will discuss about mantra a dream project that has been done, and it is also listed on backtrack 5.
Basically mantra is nothing but a collection of free and open source tools integrated into a web browser, which can become handy for students, penetration testers, web application developers, security professionals etc. It is portable, ready-to-run, compact and follows the true spirit of free and open source software.
Mantra can be very helpful into all the phases of hacking attack like fingerprinting, enumeration and scanning, gaining access and covering tracks etc.
It contains a list of tools that are used by developers and debuggers, so mantra can be used for attacking as well as defensive way.
Mantra is available on backtrack 5, you can get it by click on Applications–>Backtrack–>Vulnerability assessment–>Vulnerability scanner–>Mantra
It is a user friendly,portable and GUI framework, you can carry it on flash drives and CD/DVD. It is a cross operating system framework that can be run on windows, Linux and MAC as well. It is a open source project so it is available on free of cost.
If you are using other distro of Linux, windows and MAC than you need to download and install mantra, however as said earlier if you are using backtrack 5 you can get it on.
For mantra tutorial it is not possible to discuss here because it can use for multiple purposes depends on the attack, for variety of mantra tutorial click here.