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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


With this chapter we will begin our coverage of the exploitation phase of a penetration test. This is the main difference between a vulnerability assessment, where the tester identifies vulnerabilities (most of the time using an automated scanner) and issues recommendations on how to mitigate them, and a penetration test, where the tester takes the role of a malicious attacker and tries to exploit the detected vulnerabilities to their last consequences: full system compromise, access to the internal network, sensitive data breach, and so on; at the same time, taking care not to affect the system's availability or leave some door open to a real attacker.

In previous chapters, we have already covered how to detect some vulnerabilities in web applications; in this chapter we are going to learn how to exploit these vulnerabilities and use them to extract information and obtain access to restricted parts of the application and the system.