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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

Tricking the user to go to our fake site

The success of every social engineering attack lies on the ability of the attacker to convince the user and the willingness of the user to follow the attacker's instructions. This recipe will be a series of situations and techniques used by attackers to take advantage of to make their cons more believable to a user and catch them.

In this section, we will see some of the attacks that have worked for previous security assessments, on users who were security conscious at a certain level and wouldn't fall to the classic "bank account update" scam.

How to do it...

  1. Do your homework: If it is a Spear phishing attack, do a thorough research about your target: social networks, forums, blogs, and any source of information that tells you what your target is into. Maltego, which is included in Kali Linux, may be very useful for this task. Then build a pretext (a fake story) or a theme of the attack based on that.

    We once found a client's employee, who was posting...