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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

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Building a Vulnerable Web Application Lab, will help us to get and install the vulnerable application Mutillidae using Windows and Linux. Also, we will have a quick tour of how to use this vulnerable web application.

Chapter 2, Kali Linux Installation, will explain how to download, install, and configure Kali Linux

Chapter 3, Delving Deep into the Usage of Kali Linux, will teach more about how to deal with Kali Linux from the Terminal window, and will help you to become a ninja in bash scripting as well.

Chapter 4, All About Using Burp Suite, covers what you need to know about Metasploit to fulfil the role of a web application security expert.

Chapter 5, Understanding Web Application Vulnerabilities, explains the attacks that can happen on a web application, and after finishing the chapter, you will be able to use these skills to manipulate your findings during pentests.

Chapter 6, Application Security Pre-Engagement, will explain how to sign all the necessary contracts before starting the tests. Also, you will learn how to estimate, scope, and schedule your tests before they start.

Chapter 7, Application Threat Modeling, will explains that ATM is a security architecture document that allows you to identify future threats and to pinpoint the different pentest activities that need to be executed in the future deployment of the web application project.

Chapter 8, Source Code Review, covers how to deal with the source code review process. The source code is the heart or engine of a web application, and it must be properly constructed from a security perspective.

Chapter 9, Network Penetration Testing, explains how to use Metasploit, Nmap, and OpenVAS together to conduct a network infrastructure vulnerability assessment.

Chapter 10, Web Intrusion Tests, will show how to look for web application based vulnerabilities (SQLi, XSS, and CSRF) using Burp. Also, the readers will learn how to take advantage of, get a remote shell, and probably elevate their privileges on the victim web server.

Chapter 11, Pentest Automation Using Python, explains how to automate everything that we have learned using the Python language for a more performant result.

Appendix A, Nmap Cheat Sheet, a list of the most common Nmap options.

Appendix B, Metasploit Cheat Sheet, provides a quick reference to the Metasploit framework.

Appendix C, Netcat Cheat Sheet, provides Netcat commands and a few popular practical examples.

Appendix D, Networking Reference Section, provides important information about networking, such as network subnets, port number, and its services.

Appendix E, Python Quick Reference, provides a quick overview of the amazing programming language—Python.