SPARTA is a python GUI application which simplifies network infrastructure penetration testing by aiding the penetration tester in the scanning and enumeration phase. It allows the tester to save time by having point-and-click access to his toolkit and by displaying all tool output in a convenient way. If little time is spent setting up commands and tools, more time can be spent focusing on analysing results. Despite the automation capabilities, the commands and tools used are fully customisable as each tester has his own methods, habits and preferences.
It is recommended that Kali Linux is used as it already has most tools installed, however SPARTA would most likely also work in Debian based systems.
apt-get install python-elixir
Ubuntu 12.04+ (untested)
apt-get install python-elixir python-qt4 xsltproc
Other than these, the following tools are required for SPARTA to have its minimum functionality:
- nmap (for adding hosts)
- hydra (for the brute tab)
- cutycapt (for screenshots)
In Kali Linux these can be installed with:
apt-get install nmap hydra cutycapt
In Kali, to ensure that you have all the tools used by SPARTA’s default configuration use:
apt-get install ldap-utils rwho rsh-client x11-apps finger
git clone https://github.com/secforce/sparta.git
Place the "sparta" file in /usr/bin/ and make it executable.
Type 'sparta' in any terminal to launch the application.
The source code is structured in folders as such:
- [app] – Contains the functionality (logic) as well as the models used by both the logic and gui
- [controller] – The controller interfaces between the gui and the logic (MVC design)
- [db] – Contains everything related to database, database tables, etc
- [doc] – Contains all SPARTA documentation
- [images] – Icons and images
- [parsers] – Contains nmap xml output parser files
- [scripts] – Contains custom scripts used by SPARTA
- [ui] – Contains the gui (.ui and .py generated by Qt Creator). Do not manually edit these.
- [wordlists] – Contains wordlists used by SPARTA
- README.txt – This file.
- sparta.conf – SPARTA’s configuration file. Edit it to add custom tools and commands. If deleted, SPARTA will regenerate a new one.
- sparta.py – The main program. The one that needs to be executed by the user.
SPARTA uses a third-party tool called Cutycapt to take screenshots. One of the problems with the version that is currently in Kali’s repositories is that it fails to take screenshots of HTTPS pages when self-signed certificates are in use. A way around this is to compile the Cutycapt executable yourself and edit SPARTA’s configuration file to specify the path to the compiled executable.
It can be compiled in Kali by following these instructions:
% sudo apt-get install subversion libqt4-webkit libqt4-dev g++
% svn co svn://svn.code.sf.net/p/cutycapt/code/ cutycapt
% cd cutycapt/CutyCapt
% ./CutyCapt --url=http://www.example.org --out=example.png