Today I’m gonna show you how to install metasploitable in VirtualBox. Metasploitable is a Linux virtual machine made vulnerable intentionally for testing purposes. This virtual machine can be used to conduct security training, test security tools, and practice common penetration testing techniques. For this i am going to use Metasploitable 2 which can be downloaded from here. After downloading the zip archive, extract the files into a folder. The file contents look like below.
Open VirtualBox and click on “New Virtual machine wizard”. Type the name of your choice. I am using ‘Metasploitable-2‘. Choose ‘Type’ as Linux and ‘version’ as Ubuntu. Click on “Next”.
Choose the memory size appropriate to the availability of RAM on your host machine although 512MB is more than enough. Click on “Next”.
In the hard drive creation window, select option “Use an existing virtual hard drive”, browse to the folder where we have extracted our zip files and select the ‘vmdk’ file available. Click on “Create”.
Then you are automatically booted into the metasploitable OS. The default username and password are “msfadmin”.