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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

Passive information gathering – reconnaissance – OSINT

In the first step before the penetration testing starts, you will need to passively collect the information about the company in scope. To accomplish this task, you will use the web, along with some automated tools that call the web at the backend as well. This phase is also called the collection of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). OSINT refers to the information collected from the internet. Another name for this phase used by security professionals is reconnaissance. To be honest, they all refer to the same task, but you need to be aware of the different names used to describe this stage.

If your target (whether it's your client's target or that of the organisation for which you work) is an external web application, then you can execute the information-gathering phase, but if your target is an intranet...