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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


In this chapter, we discussed the use of automated vulnerability scanners in web application penetration testing, the risks posed by the use of automated tools when testing production environments, and considerations that needed to be taken into account before using them.

Next, we moved on to the use of some of the scanners included in Kali Linux, such as Nikto, Skipfish, Wapiti, and OWASP-ZAP. We also talked about specialized scanners for Content Management Systems such as WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. We addressed the topic of fuzzing as a separate technique from scanning. We used the OWASP-ZAP fuzzer and Burp Intruder to test multiple inputs over a single input.

Finally, we discussed some of the tasks necessary to be done after automated scanning or fuzzing is complete. You need to validate the scanner's results in order to eliminate all false positives, and you need to test the application manually, as there are vulnerabilities that an automated scanner will not be able to find...