Unleashing AI in Ethical Hacking: A Preliminary Experimental Study

Haitham Al-Sinani, Chris Mitchell

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This technical report details an experimental study aimed at evaluating the integration of AI, specifically ChatGPT, into ethical hacking. Conducted in a controlled virtual environment using a MacBook Pro host with VirtualBox 7, the study focused on assessing ChatGPT’s efficacy in aiding the penetration testing of target virtual machines, including one running Windows. This experiment was carried out to validate the claims made in the companion position paper, "Unleashing AI in Ethical Hacking". The primary aim was to explore ChatGPT’s
utility in enhancing various stages of ethical hacking, such as Reconnaissance,
Scanning, Gaining Access, Maintaining Access, and Covering Tracks. This technical report comprehensively documents the laboratory experiment and will be used to support the position paper, which is being prepared for conference presentation. The results underscore ChatGPT’s highly effective and remarkably helpful role in supporting and streamlining the penetration testing process.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages36
Publication statusUnpublished - 1 Jan 2024

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