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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)

Introduction

So far, in this book, we have identified and exploited vulnerabilities in conditions where they could be considered low hanging fruits, that is, we knew the vulnerabilities existed, and in their exploitation, we didn't face any prevention mechanisms or had to avoid being blocked by a web application firewall or similar.

The most common scenario in a real-world penetration test is that developers have made an effort to build a robust and secure application, and vulnerabilities may not be straightforward to find and may be completely or partially addressed so they are either not present in the application, or are at least hard to find and exploit. For this scenario, we need to have in our arsenal tools that allow us to discover ways to overcome these complications and, be able to identify and exploit flaws that the developers thought they had prevented, but did...