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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.
Table of Contents (32 chapters)
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About the Authors
About the Technical Editor
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The Same-Origin Policy Revisited

This chapter and the preceding one have described numerous examples of how the same-origin policy is applied to HTML and JavaScript, and ways in which it can be circumvented via application bugs and browser quirks. To understand more fully the consequences of the same-origin policy for web application security, this section examines some further contexts in which the policy applies and how certain cross-domain attacks can arise in those contexts.

The Same-Origin Policy and Browser Extensions

The browser extension technologies that are widely deployed all implement segregation between domains in a way that is derived from the same basic principles as the main browser same-origin policy. However, some unique features exist in each case that can enable cross-domain attacks in some situations.

The Same-Origin Policy and Flash

Flash objects have their origin determined by the domain of the URL from which the object is loaded, not the URL of the HTML page...