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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

Configuring network services in Kali

I'm doing my best to show you the necessary commands in each section. You don't need to know all of the commands for managing network services in Kali, but you are surely going to use some of them. In this section, I will show you my favorite commands related to the network services in Kali Linux.

To operate Kali properly, you need to ensure that it has connectivity to either a wired or a wireless network. You may need to obtain an IP address through Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), or assign one statically.

The first important command is ifconfig, which you will use to check the IP address on your Kali machine:

You can see my Kali IP address,, after executing this command (in the preceding screenshot). Also, you need to pay attention to the network interface names—eth0 represents the Ethernet cable,...