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Web Penetration Testing with Kali Linux - Third Edition

By : Gilberto Najera-Gutierrez, Juned Ahmed Ansari
Book Image

Web Penetration Testing with Kali Linux - Third Edition

By: Gilberto Najera-Gutierrez, Juned Ahmed Ansari

Overview of this book

Web Penetration Testing with Kali Linux - Third Edition shows you how to set up a lab, helps you understand the nature and mechanics of attacking websites, and explains classical attacks in great depth. This edition is heavily updated for the latest Kali Linux changes and the most recent attacks. Kali Linux shines when it comes to client-side attacks and fuzzing in particular. From the start of the book, you'll be given a thorough grounding in the concepts of hacking and penetration testing, and you'll see the tools used in Kali Linux that relate to web application hacking. You'll gain a deep understanding of classicalSQL, command-injection flaws, and the many ways to exploit these flaws. Web penetration testing also needs a general overview of client-side attacks, which is rounded out by a long discussion of scripting and input validation flaws. There is also an important chapter on cryptographic implementation flaws, where we discuss the most recent problems with cryptographic layers in the networking stack. The importance of these attacks cannot be overstated, and defending against them is relevant to most internet users and, of course, penetration testers. At the end of the book, you'll use an automated technique called fuzzing to identify flaws in a web application. Finally, you'll gain an understanding of web application vulnerabilities and the ways they can be exploited using the tools in Kali Linux.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
Packt Upsell

Content Management Systems scanners

Content Management Systems (CMSs), such as WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal are frameworks used to create websites with little or no programming required. They incorporate third-party plugins to ease tasks such as login and session management, searches, and even include full shopping cart modules.

Therefore, CMSs are vulnerable, not only within their own code, but also in the plugins they include. The latter are not subject to consistent quality controls, and they are generally made by independent programmers in their spare time, releasing updates and patches according to their own schedule.

Thus, we will now cover some of the most popular vulnerability scanners for CMSs.


WPScan, as its name suggests, is a vulnerability scanner focused on the WordPress CMS. It will identify the version numbers of WordPress and those of the installed plugins and then match them against a database of known vulnerabilities in order to identify possible security risks.

The following...