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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 view and alter requests

Burp Suite, as OWASP ZAP, is more than just a simple web proxy. It is a fully featured web application testing kit; it has a proxy, request repeater, request automation, string encoder and decoder, vulnerability scanners (in the Pro version), and other useful features.

In this recipe, we will do the previous exercise but this time using Burp's proxy to intercept and alter the requests.

Getting ready

Start Burp Suite and prepare the browser to use it as proxy.

How to do it...

  1. Browse to

  2. By default, interception is enabled in Burp's proxy, so it will capture the first request. We need to go to Burp Suite and click on the Intercept is on button in the Proxy tab.

  3. The browser will continue loading the page. When it finishes, we will use Toggle Security to set the correct security level in the application: 1 (Arrogant).

  4. From the menu, navigate to OWASP Top 10 | A1 – SQL Injection | SQLi – Extract Data | User Info.

  5. In the Name...