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Web Penetration Testing with Kali Linux

Joseph Muniz, Aamir Lakhani

Testing web security is best done through simulating an attack. Kali Linux lets you do this to professional standards and this is the book you need to be fully up-to-speed with this powerful open-source toolkit.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782163169
Paperback342 pages

About This Book

  • Learn key reconnaissance concepts needed as a penetration tester
  • Attack and exploit key features, authentication, and sessions on web applications
  • Learn how to protect systems, write reports, and sell web penetration testing services

Who This Book Is For

"Web Penetration Testing with Kali Linux" is ideal for anyone who is interested in learning how to become a penetration tester. It will also help the users who are new to Kali Linux and want to learn the features and differences in Kali versus Backtrack, and seasoned penetration testers who may need a refresher or reference on new tools and techniques. Basic familiarity with web-based programming languages such as PHP, JavaScript and MySQL will also prove helpful.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Penetration Testing and Setup
Web application Penetration Testing concepts
Penetration Testing methodology
Kali Penetration Testing concepts
Introducing Kali Linux
Kali system setup
Kali toolset overview
Chapter 2: Reconnaissance
Reconnaissance objectives
Initial research
Chapter 3: Server-side Attacks
Vulnerability assessment
Exploiting e-mail systems
Brute-force attacks
Cracking passwords
Chapter 4: Client-side Attacks
Social engineering
Social Engineering Toolkit (SET)
MitM Proxy
Host scanning
Obtaining and cracking user passwords
Kali password cracking tools
Other tools available in Kali
Chapter 5: Attacking Authentication
Attacking session management
Hijacking web session cookies
Web session tools
SQL Injection
Cross-site scripting (XSS)
Testing cross-site scripting
XSS cookie stealing / Authentication hijacking
Other tools
Chapter 6: Web Attacks
Browser Exploitation Framework – BeEF
FoxyProxy – Firefox plugin
BURP Proxy
SET password harvesting
Denial of Services (DoS)
Low Orbit Ion Cannon
Other tools
Chapter 7: Defensive Countermeasures
Testing your defenses
Mirror your environment
Man-in-the-middle defense
Denial of Service defense
Cookie defense
Clickjacking defense
Digital forensics
Chapter 8: Penetration Test Executive Report
Industry standards
Professional services
Report format
Statement of Work (SOW)
Kali reporting tools

What You Will Learn

  • Perform vulnerability reconnaissance to gather information on your targets
  • Expose server vulnerabilities and take advantage of them to gain privileged access
  • Exploit client-based systems using web application protocols
  • Learn how to use SQL and cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks
  • Steal authentications through session hijacking techniques
  • Harden systems so other attackers do not exploit them easily
  • Generate reports for penetration testers
  • Learn tips and trade secrets from real world penetration testers

In Detail

Kali Linux is built for professional penetration testing and security auditing. It is the next-generation of BackTrack, the most popular open-source penetration toolkit in the world. Readers will learn how to think like real attackers, exploit systems, and expose vulnerabilities.

Even though web applications are developed in a very secure environment and have an intrusion detection system and firewall in place to detect and prevent any malicious activity, open ports are a pre-requisite for conducting online business. These ports serve as an open door for attackers to attack these applications. As a result, penetration testing becomes essential to test the integrity of web-applications. Web Penetration Testing with Kali Linux is a hands-on guide that will give you step-by-step methods on finding vulnerabilities and exploiting web applications.

"Web Penetration Testing with Kali Linux" looks at the aspects of web penetration testing from the mind of an attacker. It provides real-world, practical step-by-step instructions on how to perform web penetration testing exercises.

You will learn how to use network reconnaissance to pick your targets and gather information. Then, you will use server-side attacks to expose vulnerabilities in web servers and their applications. Client attacks will exploit the way end users use web applications and their workstations. You will also learn how to use open source tools to write reports and get tips on how to sell penetration tests and look out for common pitfalls.

On the completion of this book, you will have the skills needed to use Kali Linux for web penetration tests and expose vulnerabilities on web applications and clients that access them.


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