A collaboration between the open source community and Rapid7, Metasploit software helps security and IT professionals identify security issues, verify vulnerability mitigations, and manage expert-driven security assessments, providing true security risk intelligence. Capabilities include smart exploitation, password auditing, web application scanning, and social engineering. Teams can collaborate in Metasploit and present their findings in consolidated reports.
Metasploit editions range from a free edition to professional enterprise editions, all based on the Metasploit Framework, an open source software development kit with the world's largest, public collection of quality-assured exploits.
What's new in this version:
Version 4.1.2 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
1. Community edition is nothing more than a glorified nmap tool, i can download nmap for free and i don't need a serial key to use it.
2. No advanced features are included in community edition so i am unable to test it out to see if i even like it, again 220 mb of space is too much for a glorified nmap.
3. Using Wireshark, Zenmap and a few other choice freeware tools i can probably duplicate what metasploit does and i would learn more while doing it. Not including the actual exploits which i am sure freeware versions can be found if i look hard enough.
4. pradameinhoff is way off on his review, this is a bad way to learn this stuff when there are far superior tools available that offer a more upfront functionality without demanding 3000 in cash to be able to actually use it.
Sorry but as of now i hate metasploit and I'm going to stick with what my instructor recommends. After all the only good way to learn this stuff is to use the real solid tools that are actually time tested.
My advice is to stear away until they reconsider making the community edition more useable for the average folk.