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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

Vulnerable applications and servers to practice on

If you don't have explicit written authorization from the owner of such assets, scanning, testing, or exploiting vulnerabilities in servers and applications on the internet is illegal in most countries. Therefore, you need to have a laboratory that you own and control, where you can practice and develop your testing skills.

In this section, we will review some of the options that you have when learning about web application penetration testing.

OWASP Broken Web Applications

The Broken Web Applications (BWA) Project from OWASP is a collection of vulnerable web applications, which are distributed as a virtual machine with the purpose of providing students, security enthusiasts, and penetration testing professionals a platform for learning and developing web application testing skills, testing automated tools, and testing Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) and other defensive measures:

The latest version of BWA at the time of this writing is 1.2...