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Practical Web Penetration Testing

By : Gus Khawaja
Book Image

Practical Web Penetration Testing

By: Gus Khawaja

Overview of this book

Companies all over the world want to hire professionals dedicated to application security. Practical Web Penetration Testing focuses on this very trend, teaching you how to conduct application security testing using real-life scenarios. To start with, you’ll set up an environment to perform web application penetration testing. You will then explore different penetration testing concepts such as threat modeling, intrusion test, infrastructure security threat, and more, in combination with advanced concepts such as Python scripting for automation. Once you are done learning the basics, you will discover end-to-end implementation of tools such as Metasploit, Burp Suite, and Kali Linux. Many companies deliver projects into production by using either Agile or Waterfall methodology. This book shows you how to assist any company with their SDLC approach and helps you on your journey to becoming an application security specialist. By the end of this book, you will have hands-on knowledge of using different tools for penetration testing.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Metasploit Cheat Sheet

Identifying hidden contents

Practically speaking, the big question that you will ask yourself is, what do I need to find? You will need a solid checklist to refer to when it's time for your web intrusion test. That being said, here's a checklist that you can use for this step in the workflow:

  1. Robots.txt file
  2. Backup files (.bak, .old)
  3. Other interesting files (.xls, .doc, .pdf, .txt)
  4. Administration URL (for example, phpmyadmin, wp-admin)
  5. Debugging leftover pages and URLs
  6. Is CMS used? (WordPress)

If you find any item in the preceding list, check its contents for juicy information, including:

  • Personal information
  • Email addresses
  • Credentials
  • An entry point to another system (for example, WordPress)