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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)
Free Chapter
1
Cover
2
Title
3
Copyright
4
About the Authors
5
About the Technical Editor
6
MDSec: The Authors’ Company
7
Credits
8
Acknowledgments
31
Index
32
End User License Agreement

Acknowledgments

We are indebted to the directors and others at Next Generation Security Software, who provided the right environment for us to realize the first edition of this book. Since then, our input has come from an increasingly wider community of researchers and professionals who have shared their ideas and contributed to the collective understanding of web application security issues that exists today. Because this is a practical handbook rather than a work of scholarship, we have deliberately avoided filling it with a thousand citations of influential articles, books, and blog postings that spawned the ideas involved. We hope that people whose work we discuss anonymously are content with the general credit given here.

We are grateful to the people at Wiley — in particular, to Carol Long for enthusiastically supporting our project from the outset, to Adaobi Obi Tulton for helping polish our manuscript and coaching us in the quirks of “American English,...