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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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Uses for Customized Automation

There are three main situations in which customized automated techniques can be employed to help you attack a web application:

  • Enumerating identifiers — Most applications use various kinds of names and identifiers to refer to individual items of data and resources, such as account numbers, usernames, and document IDs. You often will need to iterate through a large number of potential identifiers to enumerate which ones are valid or worthy of further investigation. In this situation, you can use automation in a fully customized way to work through a list of possible identifiers or cycle through the syntactic range of identifiers believed to be in use by the application.

    An example of an attack to enumerate identifiers would be where an application uses a page number parameter to retrieve specific content:


    In the course of browsing through the application, you discover a large number of valid...