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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

Performing a cross-site request forgery attack

A cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attack is one which forces authenticated users to perform unwanted actions on the web application they were authenticated to use. This is done using an external site the user has visited and which triggers the action.

In this recipe, we will obtain the information from the application to see what the attacking site needs do to be able to send valid requests to the vulnerable server. Then, we will create a page to simulate the legitimate requests and trick the user into visiting the page while authenticated. The malicious page will then send requests to the vulnerable server and, if the application is open in the same browser, it will perform the actions as if the user had sent them.

Getting ready

To perform this CSRF attack, we will use the WackoPicko application in vulnerable_vm: We need two users, one will be called v_user, the victim, and the other one will be called attacker...