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Kali Linux Web Penetration Testing Cookbook - Second Edition

By : Gilberto Najera-Gutierrez
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Kali Linux Web Penetration Testing Cookbook - Second Edition

By: Gilberto Najera-Gutierrez

Overview of this book

Web applications are a huge point of attack for malicious hackers and a critical area for security professionals and penetration testers to lock down and secure. Kali Linux is a Linux-based penetration testing platform that provides a broad array of testing tools, many of which can be used to execute web penetration testing. Kali Linux Web Penetration Testing Cookbook gives you the skills you need to cover every stage of a penetration test – from gathering information about the system and application, to identifying vulnerabilities through manual testing. You will also cover the use of vulnerability scanners and look at basic and advanced exploitation techniques that may lead to a full system compromise. You will start by setting up a testing laboratory, exploring the latest features of tools included in Kali Linux and performing a wide range of tasks with OWASP ZAP, Burp Suite and other web proxies and security testing tools. As you make your way through the book, you will learn how to use automated scanners to find security ?aws in web applications and understand how to bypass basic security controls. In the concluding chapters, you will look at what you have learned in the context of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) and the top 10 web application vulnerabilities you are most likely to encounter, equipping you with the ability to combat them effectively. By the end of this book, you will have acquired the skills you need to identify, exploit, and prevent web application vulnerabilities.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Scanning with Skipfish

Skipfish ( was created by Google and released to the public in 2010; it is described by its creators as an active web application security reconnaissance tool, is included by default in Kali Linux, and it does more than pure reconnaissance. It is a complete vulnerability scanner. Some of its highlights are:

  • High speed: It can reach more than 400 requests per second and claims to be able to reach more than 2000 in high speed LAN
  • Its command-line options are straightforward and easy to use
  • It can detect a wide range of issues, from directory listing and other information disclosure vulnerabilities to different types of SQL and XML injection

In this recipe, we will look at a simple example of how to use Skipfish and check its results.