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Kali Linux Web Penetration Testing Cookbook

By : Gilberto Najera-Gutierrez
Book Image

Kali Linux Web Penetration Testing Cookbook

By: Gilberto Najera-Gutierrez

Overview of this book

Web applications are a huge point of attack for malicious hackers and a critical area for security professionals and penetration testers to lock down and secure. Kali Linux is a Linux-based penetration testing platform and operating system that provides a huge array of testing tools, many of which can be used specifically to execute web penetration testing. This book will teach you, in the form step-by-step recipes, how to detect a wide array of vulnerabilities, exploit them to analyze their consequences, and ultimately buffer attackable surfaces so applications are more secure, for you and your users. Starting from the setup of a testing laboratory, this book will give you the skills you need to cover every stage of a penetration test: from gathering information about the system and the application to identifying vulnerabilities through manual testing and the use of vulnerability scanners to both basic and advanced exploitation techniques that may lead to a full system compromise. Finally, we will put this into the context of OWASP and the top 10 web application vulnerabilities you are most likely to encounter, equipping you with the ability to combat them effectively. By the end of the book, you will have the required skills to identify, exploit, and prevent web application vulnerabilities.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Kali Linux Web Penetration Testing Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Setting up the Iceweasel browser

If we don't like OWASP Mantra, we can use the latest version of Firefox and install our own selection of testing-related add-ons. Kali Linux includes Iceweasel, another variant of Firefox, which we will use in this recipe to see how to install our testing tools in a browser.

How to do it...

  1. Open Iceweasel and navigate to Tools | Add-ons, as shown in the following screenshot:

  2. In the search box, type tamper data and hit Enter.

  3. Click on Install in the Tamper Data add-on.

  4. A dialog box will pop up, asking us to accept the EULA; click on Accept and Install...


    You might have to restart your browser to complete the installation of certain add-ons.

  5. Next, we search for cookies manager+ in the search box.

  6. Click on Install in the Cookies Manager+ add-on.

  7. Now, search and install Firebug.

  8. Search and install Hackbar.

  9. Search and install HTTP Requester.

  10. Search and install Passive Recon.

How it works...

So far we've just installed some tools on our web browser but what are these tools good for when it comes to penetration-testing a web application?

  • Cookies Manager+: This add-on will allow us to view and sometimes modify the value of cookies the browser receives from applications.

  • Firebug: This is a must-have for any web developer; its main function is to be an in-line debugger for web pages. It will also be useful when you have to perform some client-side modifications to pages.

  • Hackbar: This is a very simple add-on that helps us to try different input values without having to change or rewrite the full URL. We will be using this a lot when doing manual checks for Cross-site scripting and injections.

  • Http Requester: With this tool it is possible to craft HTTP requests including GET, POST, and PUT methods and watch the raw response from the server.

  • Passive Recon: It allows us to get public information about the website being visited by querying DNS records, Whois, and searching information, such as email addresses, links, and collaborators in Google, among other things.

  • Tamper Data: This add-on has the ability to capture any request on the server just after it is sent by the browser, thus giving us the chance to modify the data after introducing it in the application's forms and before it reaches the server.

There's more...

Other add-ons that could prove useful for web application penetration testing are:

  • XSS Me

  • SQL Inject Me

  • FoxyProxy

  • iMacros

  • FirePHP

  • RESTClient

  • Wappalyzer