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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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11 Test for Application Server Vulnerabilities


Figure 21.12 Testing for web server vulnerabilities

11.1 Test for Default Credentials

  1. 11.1.1 Review the results of your application mapping exercises to identify the web server and other technologies in use that may contain accessible administrative interfaces.
  2. 11.1.2 Perform a port scan of the web server to identify any administrative interfaces running on a different port than the main target application.
  3. 11.1.3 For any identified interfaces, consult the manufacturer's documentation and common default password listings to obtain default credentials.
  4. 11.1.4 If the default credentials do not work, use the steps listed in section 21.5 to attempt to guess valid credentials.
  5. 11.1.5 If you gain access to an administrative interface, review the available functionality and determine whether it can be used to further compromise the host and attack the main application.

11.2 Test for Default Content

  1. 11.2.1 Review the results of your...