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Mastering Kali Linux for Advanced Penetration Testing. - Third Edition

By : Vijay Kumar Velu, Robert Beggs
Book Image

Mastering Kali Linux for Advanced Penetration Testing. - Third Edition

By: Vijay Kumar Velu, Robert Beggs

Overview of this book

This book takes you, as a tester or security practitioner, through the reconnaissance, vulnerability assessment, exploitation, privilege escalation, and post-exploitation activities used by pentesters. To start with, you'll use a laboratory environment to validate tools and techniques, along with an application that supports a collaborative approach for pentesting. You'll then progress to passive reconnaissance with open source intelligence and active reconnaissance of the external and internal infrastructure. You'll also focus on how to select, use, customize, and interpret the results from different vulnerability scanners, followed by examining specific routes to the target, which include bypassing physical security and the exfiltration of data using a variety of techniques. You'll discover concepts such as social engineering, attacking wireless networks, web services, and embedded devices. Once you are confident with these topics, you'll learn the practical aspects of attacking user client systems by backdooring with fileless techniques, followed by focusing on the most vulnerable part of the network – directly attacking the end user. By the end of this book, you'll have explored approaches for carrying out advanced pentesting in tightly secured environments, understood pentesting and hacking techniques employed on embedded peripheral devices.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Title Page
Dedication
About Packt
Contributors
Preface
Index

Web application hacking methodology


Systematic and goal-oriented penetration testing always starts with the right methodology. The following diagram shows how web application hacking is done:

The methodology is divided into six stages: set target, spider and enumerate, vulnerability scanning, exploitation, cover tracks, and maintain access. These are explained in detail as follows:

  1. Set target: Setting the right target during a penetration test is very important, as attackers will focus more on specific vulnerable systems to gain system-level access, as per the kill chain method.
  2. Spider and enumerate: At this point, attackers have identified the list of web applications and are digging deeper into specific vulnerabilities. Multiple methods are engaged to spider all the web pages, identify technology, and find everything relevant to advance to the next stage.
  3. Vulnerability scanning: All known vulnerabilities are collected during this phase, using well-known vulnerability databases containing public...