I have decided to continue working through Georgia Weidman’s book, Penetration Testing: A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking. I got stuck on page 40, chapter 1 when it Georgia asked me to install Zervit 0.4 on Windows XP sp1. Windows XP sp1 comes with IE6 which is so old, most web servers don’t even support the connections to it. So when I tried going to http://www.exploit-db.com/exploits/12582/ to download Zervit, I was getting a blank page.
So, I had two options, one, I thought about installing VMWare Tools and connecting a folder where I could download Zervit on my host machine, put Zervit in the folder, and then open it in XP. I couldn’t seem to be able to install what was needed on the host machine (when I went to Player -> Manage -> Install VMWare it was greyed out), so plan two, I updated IE 6 to IE 8 through automatic updates but didn’t install any of the security updates (I think I might have don’t killbits along with updating IE 6 to IE 8, I hope this doesn’t come to bite me later). Once I got IE 8 installed, I, of course, used it to install chrome.
Now I have access to many more sites, as chrome for XP is supported a bit better than IE 6. Went to http://www.exploit-db.com/exploits/12582/ for Zervit 0.4 on my shiny new XP sp1 chrome browser and viola, I am able to access it.