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Kali Linux Web Penetration Testing Cookbook

By : Gilberto Najera-Gutierrez
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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

Installing VirtualBox

This is the first of the four recipes that will help us to get a virtual laboratory up and running to practice our penetration tests. We will use a VirtualBox to run the virtual machines in such a laboratory. In this recipe, we will see how to install VirtualBox and get it working.

Getting ready

Before we install anything in Kali Linux, we must make sure that we have the latest version of package lists:

apt-get update

How to do it...

  1. Our first step is the actual installation of VirtualBox:

    apt-get install virtualbox
  2. After the installation finishes, we will find VirtualBox in the menu by navigating to Applications | Usual applications | Accessories | VirtualBox. Alternatively, we can call it from a terminal:


Now, we have VirtualBox running and we are ready to set up the virtual machines to make our own testing laboratory.

How it works...

VirtualBox will allow us to run multiple machines inside our Kali Linux computer through virtualization. With this, we can mount a full laboratory with different computers using different operating systems and run them in parallel as far as the memory resources and processing power of our Kali host allow us to.

There's more...

The VirtualBox Extension Pack gives the VirtualBox's virtual machine extra features, such as USB 2.0/3.0 support and Remote Desktop capabilities. It can be downloaded from After it is downloaded, just double click on it and VirtualBox will do the rest.

See also

There are some other virtualization options out there. If you don't feel comfortable using VirtualBox, you may want to try:

  • VMware Player/Workstation

  • Qemu

  • Xen

  • KVM