I recently came across Hack The Box and have been having fun pwning some of those machines using the techniques that I have learned in the free Metasploit Unleashed course. Metasploit really is a great tool, and even though I could have got some “user owns” without it, I found that once I had learned how to use things like msfvenom, it saved me having to write some of my own trivial scripts, which saved me time.
I’ve currently got 3 “System Owns” and 4 “User Owns”, which puts me on “Script Kiddie” status. I’m hoping to get a few more and move to a better status fairly quickly, if I can find the time to play around some more.
I especially like the way you have to hack the invite before you can gain access to any machines. It was probably the easiest part of any of the challenges I have attempted, but that might be because I’m pretty familiar with web technologies.
If you haven’t tried it out, I would encourage you to do so. The website is very polished, and there are quite a lot of machines to attack 🙂