Rtfm: Red Team Field Manual Paperback




RTFM is an excellent command line book written by an experienced pentester, it is very handy and cheap but very effective and informative as well. It contains 90 pages of commands for Windows, Linux, Nmap, SQLMAP, VPN, Putty, Powershell, Google Hacking, Tunneling and lot more which I could not list here, It features around 2000 syntax and their respective tutorials from basic to advance. Another most exciting and important thing you’ll learn is new Red Teaming techniques which is to be known as very effective skill of a penetration tester.

The Red Team Field Manual (RTFM) is a no fluff, but thorough reference guide for serious Red Team members who routinely find themselves on a mission without Google or the time to scan through a man page. The RTFM contains the basic syntax for commonly used Linux and Windows command line tools, but it also encapsulates unique use cases for powerful tools such as Python and Windows PowerShell. The RTFM will repeatedly save you time looking up the hard to remember Windows nuances such as Windows wmic and dsquery command line tools, key registry values, scheduled tasks syntax, startup locations and Windows scripting. More importantly, it should teach you some new red team techniques.

In short, a book I recommend for those times you’re caught on a Penetration Test without Internet access and you just can’t quite remember valid syntax for the tar command!
You won’t learn anything new as the book offers little in the way of explanation for anything and is most certainly just a lengthy, bound, cheat sheet – but, it’s cheap, packed full, and serves its specific purpose well.


The Red Team Field Manual aims to be a complete cheatsheet-in-book-form covering Windows, Linux, common tools, networking, Cisco IOS, all sorts. The book is made up of single line examples of command usage and most have five word or less descriptions, meaning that if you don’t already understand a concept or know how to use a tool, this book isn’t going to help.


The book is well organised with commands and descriptions displayed neatly on each page. It’s physically a tiny book so will easily fit inside your kitbag so you can forget about it until the time that it’s needed. Plus it’s inexpensive meaning that it’s not a big investment if it’s only going to save the day once in a while.


The physical copy that I’ve got is printed on cheap paper, with a weak binding I worry that it won’t last long enough bouncing around in my bag before I need it. Some of the descriptions seem purposely as short as possible, to the point of being useless. The command for setting a default gateway has the description text of “set gw” followed by a lot of white-space. I feel that the descriptions could have been expanded to become more useful in a lot of cases.


Overall I would recommend this book, although the print quality is definitely disappointing and the number of times I’m without Internet access in this day and age are so few, there are still times when I just need a quick pointer to remember a commands syntax. For such a low price adding this book to your kit bag isn’t a big deal and it might just save the day one day.

Will I become Hacker after reading a book?

No, please don’t be in such misconception because reading is just knowing and to become a hacker you must strive to improve your skills by taking up challenges and practically doing what you learn. You just can’t read bunch of tutorial and call yourself hacker, instead you need to be little patient while learning and practice it with full of passion. In this field Experience is more valuable than Knowledge.