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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
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Creating a password harvester with SET

Social engineering attacks may be considered as a special kind of client-side attacks. In such attacks, the attacker has to convince the user that the attacker is a trustworthy counterpart and is authorized to receive the information the user has.

SET or the Social-Engineer Toolkit ( is a set of tools designed to perform attacks against the human element; attacks, such as Spear-phishing, mass e-mails, SMS, rouge wireless access point, malicious websites, infected media, and so on.

In this recipe, we will use SET to create a password harvester web page and look at how it works and how attackers use it to steal a user's passwords.

How to do it...

  1. In a terminal, write the following command as root:

  2. In the set> prompt, write 1 (for Social-Engineering Attacks) and hit Enter.

  3. Now select Website Attack Vectors (option 2).

  4. From the following menu, we will use the Credential Harvester Attack Method (option...