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Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly-Secured Environments: The Ultimate Security Guide

By : Lee Allen
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Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly-Secured Environments: The Ultimate Security Guide

By: Lee Allen

Overview of this book

The internet security field has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade. Everyday more people around the globe gain access to the internet and not all of them with good intentions. The need for penetration testers has grown now that the security industryhas had time to mature. Simply running a vulnerability scanner is a thing of the past and is no longer an effective method of determining a business's true security posture. Learn effective penetration testing skills so that you can effectively meet and manage the rapidly changing security needs of your company. Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly-Secured Environments will teach you how to efficiently and effectively ensure the security posture of environments that have been secured using IDS/IPS, firewalls, network segmentation, hardened system configurations and more. The stages of a penetration test are clearly defined and addressed using step-by-step instructions that you can follow on your own virtual lab.The book follows the standard penetration testing stages from start to finish with step-by-step examples. The book thoroughly covers penetration test expectations, proper scoping and planning, as well as enumeration and footprinting. You'll learn how to clean up and compile proof of concept, exploit code from the web, advanced web application testing techniques, client side attacks, post exploitation strategies, detection avoidance methods, generation of well defined reports and metrics, and setting up a penetration testing virtual lab that mimics a secured environment. The book closes by issuing a challenge to your skills and ability to perform a full penetration test against a fictional corporation; followed by a detailed walk through of the solution.Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly-Secured Environments is packed with detailed examples that reinforce enumeration, exploitation, post-exploitation, reporting skills and more.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly-Secured Environments: The Ultimate Security Guide
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Taking on Level 3 – Kioptrix

Many of the techniques we want to cover in this chapter can be explored by taking on the challenge that the Kioptrix has made available for us. Let's take a look at the steps necessary to gain root on the Kioptrix machine.


Open up BackTrack take a look at the web application at Browse around and review the source of the pages. There are some interesting notes and Easter eggs left out for us before even starting. Have fun with it!

In general we would begin by scanning the server that hosts the web application. This infrastructure testing gives us a lot of information that comes in handy when trying to perform certain web application vulnerabilities. In this case, we know from using our Load Balance Detector that there is some load balancing going on. We also know that the servers are very similar to one another and are not leaving any clues as to what their real IP is. Our next step is to check if there are any noticeable web application firewalls...