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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


A penetration test can be performed using different approaches, such as Black, Grey, and White box. A Black box test is performed when the testing team doesn't have any previous information about the application to test other than the URL of the server. A White box test is performed when the team has all the information about the target, its infrastructure, software versions, test users, development information, and so on; a Gray box test is intermediate to the Black and White box tests.

For both Black and Gray box tests, a reconnaissance phase is necessary for the testing team to discover the information that is usually provided by the application's owner in a White box approach.

We are going to follow the Black box approach, as it is the one that covers all the steps an external attacker takes to gain enough information in order to compromise certain functions of the application or server.

As a part of every reconnaissance phase in a web penetration test, we will need to browse...