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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

Using Burp Suite to crawl a website

Burp is the most widely used tool for application security testing as it has functions that are similar to ZAP, with some distinctive features and an easy to use interface. Burp can do much more than just spidering a website, but for now, as a part of the reconnaissance phase, we will cover this feature.

Getting ready

Start Burp Suite by going to Kali's Applications menu and then navigate to 03 Web Application Analysis | Web Application Proxies | burpsuite, as shown in the following screenshot:

Then, configure the browser to use it as a proxy through port 8080, as we did previously with ZAP.

How to do it...

  1. Burp's proxy is configured by default to intercept all requests. We need to disable it to browse without interruptions. Go to the Proxy tab and click on the Intercept is on button; it will change to Intercept is off, as shown:

  2. Now, in the web browser, go to

  3. In Burp's window, when we go to the Target tab, we will see that it...