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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

Exploiting XSS with BeEF

BeEF, the browser exploitation framework, is a tool that focuses on client-side attack vectors, specifically on attacking web browsers.

In this recipe, we will exploit an XSS vulnerability and use BeEF to take control of the client browser.

Getting ready

Before we start, we need to be sure that we have started the BeEF service and are capable of accessing (with beef/beef as login credentials).

  1. The default BeEF service in Kali Linux doesn't work so we cannot simply run beef-xss to get BeEF running, instead we need to run it from the directory in which it was installed, as shown here:

    cd /usr/share/beef-xss/
  2. Now, browse to and use beef as both the username and password. If that works, we are ready to continue.

How to do it...

  1. BeEF needs the client browser to call the hook.js file, which is the one that hooks the browser to our BeEF server and we will use an application vulnerable to XSS to make the user...