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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

Finding files and folders with DirBuster

DirBuster is a tool created to discover, by brute force, the existing files and directories in a web server. We will use it in this recipe to search for a specific list of files and directories.

Getting ready

We will use a text file that contains the list of words that we will ask DirBuster to look for. Create a text file dictionary.txt containing the following:


How to do it...

  1. Navigate to Applications | Kali Linux | Web Ap plications | Web Crawlers | dirbuster:

  2. On the DirBuster's window, set the target URL to

  3. Set the number of threads to 20.

  4. Select List based brute force and click on Browse.

  5. In the browsing window, select the file we just created (dictionary.txt).

  6. Uncheck the Be Recursive option.

  7. For this recipe, we will leave the rest of options at their defaults.

  8. Click on Start.

  9. If we go to the Results tab, we will see that DirBuster has found at least two of the...