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The Web Application Hacker's Handbook

By : Dafydd Stuttard, Marcus Pinto
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The Web Application Hacker's Handbook

By: Dafydd Stuttard, Marcus Pinto

Overview of this book

Web applications are the front door to most organizations, exposing them to attacks that may disclose personal information, execute fraudulent transactions, or compromise ordinary users. This practical book has been completely updated and revised to discuss the latest step-by-step techniques for attacking and defending the range of ever-evolving web applications. Youíll explore the various new technologies employed in web applications that have appeared since the first edition and review the new attack techniques that have been developed, particularly in relation to the client side. The book starts with the current state of web application security and the trends that indicate how it is likely to evolve soon. Youíll examine the core security problem affecting web applications and the defence mechanisms that applications implement to address this problem, and youíll also explore the key technologies used in todayís web application. Next, youíll carry out tasks for breaking into web applications and for executing a comprehensive attack. As you progress, youíll learn to find vulnerabilities in an application's source code and review the tools that can help when you hack web applications. Youíll also study a detailed methodology for performing a comprehensive and deep attack against a specific target. By the end of this book, youíll be able to discover security flaws in web applications and how to deal with them.
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  1. You are trying to exploit a SQL injection flaw by performing a UNION attack to retrieve data. You do not know how many columns the original query returns. How can you find this out?
  2. You have located a SQL injection vulnerability in a string parameter. You believe the database is either MS-SQL or Oracle, but you can't retrieve any data or an error message to confirm which database is running. How can you find this out?
  3. You have submitted a single quotation mark at numerous locations throughout the application. From the resulting error messages you have diagnosed several potential SQL injection flaws. Which one of the following would be the safest location to test whether more crafted input has an effect on the application's processing?
    1. a. Registering a new user
    2. b. Updating your personal details
    3. c. Unsubscribing from the service
  4. You have found a SQL injection vulnerability in a login function, and you try to use the...