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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


Most of the techniques that we have seen so far in this book try to exploit some or the other vulnerability or design flaw on the server and gain access to it or extract information from its database. There are other kinds of attacks that use the server to exploit vulnerabilities on the user's software or try to trick the user to do something they wouldn't do under normal circumstances, in order to gain information the user possesses; these attacks are called client-side attacks.

In this chapter, we will review some techniques used by attackers to gain information from clients, be it by social engineering and deception or by exploiting software vulnerabilities.

Although it's not specifically related to web application penetration testing, we will cover them here because most of them are web based and it is a very common scenario that we are able to gain access to applications and servers when attacking a client. So, it is very important for a penetration tester to know how attackers...