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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

Security management

Managing users in Kali is not an everyday task, but you will probably use it occasionally. Personally, I rarely use the following commands, but sometimes, you might need to handle user management:

  • To add a user with sudo capabilities in Kali, use the following command:
useradd -m [username] -G sudo -s /bin/bash
  • If you're logged in and you want to elevate your privilege to a root user, try this command:
su - [desired root user name]
  • If you're logged in and you want to execute a root command, use the following:
sudo [application name]
  • To change the root (or any user's) password, use the following:
passwd [user name]
  • The shadow file is important in Kali, because it stores the hashed passwords and some useful information about users. For example, I created a user called gus on Kali, so, to get his information, I should execute the following...