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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
Credits
About the Author
About the Reviewers
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Index

A9 – Where to look for known vulnerabilities on third-party components


Today's Web applications are no longer the work of a single developer nor of a single development team; nowadays developing a functional, user-friendly, attractive-looking Web application implies the use of third-party components, such as programming libraries, APIs to external services (Facebook, Google, Twitter), development frameworks, and many other components in which programming, testing, and patching have very little or nothing to do.

Sometimes these third-party components are found vulnerable to attacks and they transfer those vulnerabilities to our applications. Many of the applications that implement vulnerable components take a long time to be patched, representing a weak spot in an entire organization's security. That's why OWASP classifies the use of third-party components with known vulnerabilities as the ninth most critical threat to a Web application's security.

In this recipe, we will see where to look...