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Practical Web Penetration Testing

By : Gus Khawaja
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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

Special pages checklist

You will encounter some specific pages during pen tests, and when you do, you'll have to use a checklist different from the one we used before. Take note that you will still need to use the common checklist too, after finishing this step:

  1. Login page (this includes the admin page):
    1. Test for default credentials (for example, username= admin and password= admin).
    2. Brute-force credentials using a dictionary file.
    3. Test for a lockout after a number of failed attempts for accomplishing a DOS instead.
    4. Does it use CAPTCHA? It allows for defending against automated attacks.
    5. Use SQL injection to bypass authentication.
    6. Do they use remember me passwords?
  2. Registration page:
    1. Do they allow weak passwords?
    2. If you register with an existing username, will you be able to enumerate users?
    3. Test for weak, pre-generated questions and answers (for example, favorite color...