A new version of the open source Metasploit Framework penetration testing tool is set to debut next month with the release of Metasploit Express -- ushering in new enhancements for ease-of-use and management that come courtesy of its new commercial underpinnings.
The Metasploit Framework is an open source vulnerability testing framework and is currently at version 3.3. Rapid7, the lead vendor supporting Metasploit, is now aiming to make Metasploit easier to use and manage -- and that's where Metasploit Express, set for release in May, fits in.

Unlike the Metasploit Framework, Metasploit Express is not open source, but rather delivers an open core approach whereby proprietary components are included alongside the core open source framework.

"Metasploit is great, and tens of thousands of security professionals use it and the modules within it for a variety of security tasks," HD Moore, Rapid7's chief security officer and Metasploit's chief architect, told InternetNews.com. "We want to make it easier and accessible for people by offering some additional capabilities on top of it, such as automation."

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