Many who have taken or are studying for the OSCP Exam know that you are not allowed to use Metasploit on the exam, except for one challenge. This is because the OSCP exam restrictions forbid the use of any “automatic exploitation” tools (ex: Metasploit, SQLmap, etc). Such tools are considered “automatic exploitation” tools because they can automatically find and exploit vulnerabilities without any user interaction (ex: Metasploit’s db_autopwn command). The purpose of the OSCP Exam is to test how well you can find and exploit vulnerabilities on your own, not how well you can use db_autopwn.

However, Ronin does not provide any “automatic exploitation” functionality, which can scan, fingerprint services, identify vulnerabilities, and exploit them, automatically without any user interaction. Instead, using Ronin one would have to perform each step manually with ronin-vulns, ronin-payloads / ronin-exploits, etc.

Just to be sure, I emailed the OSCP staff and asked for clarification on what is and is not considered “automatic exploitation”; for example is running a Python exploit considered “automatic exploitation”?

Here is their response:

Subject: [OffSec] Re: clarification on banned tools
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Offensive Security, Nov 9, 2023, 08:24 UTC


Thank you for your email.

If a tool is capable of automatically discovering and exploiting vulnerabilities on a target machine resulting in automatic remote access or
escalated privileges without effort or enumeration, it can be considered a restricted tool.

To further elaborate on the above, we highly recommend reading the below blog post regarding automated exploitation tools.
- Understanding the tools/scripts you use in a Pentest

Furthermore, please also keep in mind that there are many tools and unfortunately, we are unable to comment on all of them.
Therefore, it is up to the student to determine if their chosen tool or script falls under a restricted category.
This also demonstrates that you understand what the tool is doing and how it works.

Keep us updated if you require any additional information.

The OffSec Team

So yes, you can use Ronin on the OSCP Exam, because it does not provide any “automatic exploitation” features and forces you to think about what steps you want to perform.

If Ronin interests you or you like the work we do, consider donating to Ronin on GitHub, Patreon, or Open Collective so we can continue building high-quality free and Open Source security tools and Ruby libraries.