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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

Setting up an SSL MITM attack

If we try to sniff on an HTTPS session using what we have seen so far, we won't be able to get very much from it as all communication is encrypted.

In order to intercept, read and alter SSL and TLS connections, we need to do a series of preparatory steps to set up our SSL proxy. SSLsplit works by using two certificates, one to tell the server that it is the client so that it can receive and decrypt server responses and one to tell the client that it is the server. For this second certificate, if we are going to supplant a site which possesses its own domain name, and its certificates have been signed by a Certificate Authority (CA) we need to have a CA to issue a root certificate for us and, as we are acting as attackers, we need to do it ourselves.

In this recipe, we will configure our own Certificate Authority and a few IP forwarding rules to carry out SSL Man In The Middle attacks.

How to do it...

  1. Firstly, we are going to create a CA private key on the Kali...