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  • store_loot() - Used to store both stolen files (both text and binary) and “screencaps” of commands such as a ps -ef and ifconfig. The file itself need not be of forensic-level integrity – they may be parsed by a post module to extract only the relevant information for a penetration tester.

  • report_auth_info() - Used to store working credentials that are immediately reusable by another module. For example, a module dumping the local SMB hashes would use this, as would a module which reads username:password combinations for a specific host and service. Specifically, merely “likely” usernames and passwords should use store_loot() instead.

  • report_vuln() - Auxiliary and post modules that exercise a particular vulnerability should report_vuln() upon success. Note that exploit modules automatically report_vuln() as part of opening a session (there is no need to call it especially).

  • report_note() - Modules should make an effort to avoid report_note() when one of the above methods would be a better fit, but there are often cases where “loot” or “cred” or “vuln” classifications are not immediately appropriate. report_note() calls should always set a OID-style dotted :type, such as domain.hosts, so other modules may easily find them in the database.

  • report_host() - Reports a host’s liveness and attributes such as operating system and service pack. This is less common because other reporting methods already do this, such as report_service, report_exploit_success, report_client, report_note, report_host_tag, report_vuln, report_event, report_loot, etc. Try not to repeat it.

  • report_service() - Reports a new service (port) that’s been detected by your module.

  • report_client() - Reports a client running a host, such as a web browser.

  • report_web_site() - Reports a website, and must be tied to an existing :service. If there is no :service, you will have to supply :host, :port, :ssl.

  • report_web_page() - You can use this if your module discovers a webpage that look interesting.

  • report_web_form() - You can use this if your module discovers web forms that look interesting.

  • report_web_vuln() - Reports a web application vulnerability. Exploits don’t really need to use this. It’s more suitable for auxiliary modules that exploit a bug that determines that it is vulnerable.

  • report_loot() - Very rarely, modules might actually want to export loots without using store_loot(). Typically they do this with Ruby’s file IO, but this won’t be logged in the database so can’t be tracked by Metasploit Framework. In that case, a report_loot() is needed. However, 99.9% of the time you should be using store_loot().