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AWS Penetration Testing

By : Jonathan Helmus
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AWS Penetration Testing

By: Jonathan Helmus

Overview of this book

Cloud security has always been treated as the highest priority by AWS while designing a robust cloud infrastructure. AWS has now extended its support to allow users and security experts to perform penetration tests on its environment. This has not only revealed a number of loopholes and brought vulnerable points in their existing system to the fore, but has also opened up opportunities for organizations to build a secure cloud environment. This book teaches you how to perform penetration tests in a controlled AWS environment. You'll begin by performing security assessments of major AWS resources such as Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon S3, Amazon API Gateway, and AWS Lambda. Throughout the course of this book, you'll also learn about specific tests such as exploiting applications, testing permissions flaws, and discovering weak policies. Moving on, you'll discover how to establish private-cloud access through backdoor Lambda functions. As you advance, you'll explore the no-go areas where users can’t make changes due to vendor restrictions and find out how you can avoid being flagged to AWS in these cases. Finally, this book will take you through tips and tricks for securing your cloud environment in a professional way. By the end of this penetration testing book, you'll have become well-versed in a variety of ethical hacking techniques for securing your AWS environment against modern cyber threats.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Section 1: Setting Up AWS and Pentesting Environments
Section 2: Pentesting the Cloud – Exploiting AWS
Section 3: Lessons Learned – Report Writing, Staying within Scope, and Continued Learning

Understanding our testing environment

It's essential to understand all the systems we are going to be deploying and their use in this book. Building a lab benefits security research because it allows you to perform the same tactics and techniques that real hackers would execute, without having to worry about breaking any laws. For our lab, we will be setting up various hosts that mimic real-life systems that you would see incorporated into businesses. The only difference is we will be using some much older versions of software and operating systems. The purpose of using older systems is because they typically are much more vulnerable than their up-to-date, newer versions, making learning pentesting much easier – and fun!

We want to ensure that we learn a little bit of everything, so we will be using both Windows- and Unix-based operating systems. These systems are built drastically differently but are systems that you will face in real-life pentesting situations.

Additionally, we will be using an operating system called "Kali Linux" as our hacking operating system. Kali Linux is a very popular hacking operating system used in the pentesting community, primarily due to its coming preinstalled with various hacking tool suites and being maintained by offensive security.