H. D. Moore

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H. D. Moore
Born 1981
Nationality U.S. American
Occupation Information security researcher and programmer
Employer Rapid7
Known for Metasploit

H D Moore is the developer of the Metasploit Framework, a penetration testing software suite, and the founder of the Metasploit Project. HD now serves as Chief Research Officer at Boston, MA based security firm Rapid7, a leading provider of security data and analytics software and cloud solutions.

Moore founded the Metasploit Project in the summer of 2003 with the goal of becoming a public resource for exploit code research and development.[1] He is also known for his work in WarVOX, AxMan, the Metasploit Decloaking Engine and the Rogue Network Link Detection Tools.[2]

Moore developed security software utilities for the United States Department of Defense. He also started a "Month of Browser Bugs" (MoBB) initiative as an experiment in fast-paced vulnerability discovery with full disclosure. This started the Month of Bugs project meme, and resulted a massive number of web browser patches and improved security measures.

Moore is Chief Research Officer at Rapid7 in Greater Austin, Texas; he remains the chief architect of the Metasploit Framework.[1]

Software projects[edit]

Metasploit Framework[edit]

The Metasploit Framework is a development platform for creating security tools and exploits. The framework is used by network security professionals to perform penetration testing, system administrators to verify patch installations, product vendors to perform regression testing, and security researchers world-wide. The framework is written in the Ruby programming language and includes components written in C and assembly language.[3] In October 2009, the Metasploit project was acquired by Rapid7.[4] While the Metasploit Framework continues to be free, Rapid7 has added a commercial edition called Metasploit Express.[5] With the acquisition of the project, HD Moore became Chief Security Officer at Rapid7 while remaining Chief Architect of Metasploit.


Main article: WarVOX

WarVOX is a software suite for exploring, classifying, and auditing telephone systems. Unlike normal wardialing tools, WarVOX processes the raw audio from each call and does not use a modem directly. This unique model allows WarVOX to find and classify a wide range of interesting lines, including modems, faxes, voice mail boxes, PBXs, loops, dial tones, IVRs, and forwarders using signal processing techniques.


AxMan is an ActiveX fuzzing engine. The goal of AxMan is to discover vulnerabilities in COM objects exposed through Internet Explorer. Since AxMan is web-based, any security changes in the browser will also affect the results of the fuzzing process. This allows for a much more realistic test than other COM-based assessment tools.

Metasploit Decloaking Engine[edit]

The Metasploit Decloaking Engine is a system for identifying the real IP address of a web user, regardless of proxy settings, using a combination of client-side technologies and custom services. No vulnerabilities are exploited by this tool. A properly configured Tor setup should not result in any identifying information being exposed.

Rogue Network Link Detection Tools[edit]

The Rogue Network Link Detection Tools are designed to detect unauthorized outbound network links on large corporate networks. These tools send spoofed TCP SYN and ICMP Echo Requests with the original destination IP encoded into the packet, which can then be read back out by an external listening host.


  1. ^ a b "HD Moore - LinkedIn". Profile. LinkedIn. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  2. ^ http://hdm.io/ HD Moore’s personal page
  3. ^ Metasploit project page
  4. ^ Rapid7 Acquires Metasploit
  5. ^ Product page for Metasploit Express

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