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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 vulnerabilities with Wapiti

Wapiti is another terminal-based Web vulnerability scanner, which sends GET and POST requests to target sites looking for the following vulnerabilities (

  • File disclosure

  • Database injection

  • XSS (cross-site scripting)

  • Command execution detection

  • CRLF injection

  • XXE (XML eXternal Entity) injection

  • Use of known potentially dangerous files

  • Weak .htaccess configurations that can be bypassed

  • Presence of backup files that give sensitive information (source code disclosure)

In this recipe, we will use Wapiti to discover vulnerabilities in one of our test applications and generate a report of the scan.

How to do it...

  1. We can call Wapiti from a terminal window, as shown:

    wapiti -o wapiti_result -f html -m "-blindsql"

    We will scan the Peruggia application in our vulnerable_vm, save the output in HTML format inside the wapiti_result directory, and skip the blind SQL injection tests.

  2. If we open the report's directory...