Ryan Linn created a video review of Cobalt Strike for the Ethical Hacker Network. Unfortunately, I can’t embed the video into the blog post, but I encourage you to check it out. It’s 20 minutes with a well-regarded expert taking Cobalt Strike through its paces.
Overall, I enjoyed getting to learn Cobalt Strike. It’s a new release, and it wasn’t perfect. On the other hand, it did all of the things that I needed to do quickly, and it made pass-the-hash a lot easier than going through the console. Having different tables was another nice feature, so that multiple tasks could be done at once and compartmentalized so that the text wasn’t intermixed. As it continues to mature and add features, Cobalt Strike is going to be a good tool for individual testers and teams who aren’t looking to spend $100k on tools.
Update 11/27/12: Don at ethicalhacker.net has put the video review on YouTube. Thanks Don! Here it is: