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Set up MSF in Arch Linux

This is the first time I use MSF on other systems than Kali. And currently there is some issue with msfdb scripts, so I’m gonna set it up manually. Let’s get started.

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$ sudo pacman -S postgresql metasploit
$ sudo -iu postgres
[postgres]$ initdb -D /var/lib/postgres/data
[postgres]$ exit
$ sudo systemctl enable --now postgresql
$ sudo -iu postgres
[postgres]$ createuser msf -P --interactive
[postgres]$ createdb --owner=msf msf
[postgres]$ exit

Now run msfconsole the first time to create .msf directory. Once the console is initialised, try connecting to the database:

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msf5 > db_connect [email protected]

If succeeded, exit msfconsole, and edit the following file:

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$ vim ~/.msf4/database.yml

It’s funny that the directory is still called .msf4 while the current version is msf5. May be it’s for compatibility? For new users the directory should be created as .msf5 though. Paste the following and change ${PASS}.

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production:
 adapter: postgresql
 database: msf
 username: msf
 password: ${PASS}
 host: localhost
 port: 5432
 pool: 5
 timeout: 5

Now run msfconsole, and it should connect to the database automatically. Check this with:

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msf5 > db_status
[*] Connected to msf. Connection type: postgresql.

Done. We may also want to double check postgresql is only listening on localhost.

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$ ss -nltp
State           Recv-Q          Send-Q                   Local Address:Port                   Peer Address:Port         
LISTEN          0               128                          127.0.0.1:5432                        0.0.0.0:*            
LISTEN          0               128                              [::1]:5432                           [::]:*    
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