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Penetration Testing: A Survival Guide

By Wolf Halton , Bo Weaver , Juned Ahmed Ansari and 2 more
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About this book
The need for penetration testers has grown well over what the IT industry ever anticipated. Running just a vulnerability scanner is no longer an effective method to determine whether a business is truly secure. This learning path will help you develop the most effective penetration testing skills to protect your Windows, web applications, and Android devices. The first module focuses on the Windows platform, which is one of the most common OSes, and managing its security spawned the discipline of IT security. Kali Linux is the premier platform for testing and maintaining Windows security. Employs the most advanced tools and techniques to reproduce the methods used by sophisticated hackers. In this module first,you’ll be introduced to Kali's top ten tools and other useful reporting tools. Then, you will find your way around your target network and determine known vulnerabilities so you can exploit a system remotely. You’ll not only learn to penetrate in the machine, but will also learn to work with Windows privilege escalations. The second module will help you get to grips with the tools used in Kali Linux 2.0 that relate to web application hacking. You will get to know about scripting and input validation flaws, AJAX, and security issues related to AJAX. You will also use an automated technique called fuzzing so you can identify flaws in a web application. Finally, you’ll understand the web application vulnerabilities and the ways they can be exploited. In the last module, you’ll get started with Android security. Android, being the platform with the largest consumer base, is the obvious primary target for attackers. You’ll begin this journey with the absolute basics and will then slowly gear up to the concepts of Android rooting, application security assessments, malware, infecting APK files, and fuzzing. You’ll gain the skills necessary to perform Android application vulnerability assessments and to create an Android pentesting lab. This Learning Path is a blend of content from the following Packt products: • Kali Linux 2: Windows Penetration Testing by Wolf Halton and Bo Weaver • Web Penetration Testing with Kali Linux, Second Edition by Juned Ahmed Ansari • Hacking Android by Srinivasa Rao Kotipalli and Mohammed A. Imran
Publication date:
January 2017
Publisher
Packt
ISBN
9781787287839

About the Authors
  • Wolf Halton

    Wolf Halton is an Authority on Computer and Internet Security, a best selling author on Computer Security, and the CEO of Atlanta Cloud Technology. He specializes inbusiness continuity, security engineering, open source consulting, marketing automation, virtualization and data center restructuring, network architecture, and Linux administration. Wolf has been a security engineer since 1999 and has been training security engineers since 2005.

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  • Bo Weaver

    Bo Weaver is an old school ponytailed geek. His first involvement with networks was in 1972 while in the US Navy working on a R&D project called ARPA NET. Here he also learned the power of UNIX and how to out smart the operating system. Bo has been working with and using Linux daily since the 1990's and a promoter of Open Source. (Yes, Bo runs on Linux.) Bo has also worked in physical security fields as a private investigator and in executive protection. Bo now works as the senior penetration tester and security researcher for CompliancePoint a Atlanta based security consulting company. Bo is Cherokee and works with native youths to help keep native traditions alive and strong.

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  • Juned Ahmed Ansari

    Juned Ahmed Ansari is a cyber security researcher based out of Mumbai. He currently leads the penetration testing and offensive security team in a prodigious MNC. Juned has worked as a consultant for large private sector enterprises, guiding them on their cyber security program. He has also worked with start-ups, helping them make their final product secure. Juned has conducted several training sessions on advanced penetration testing, which were focused on teaching students stealth and evasion techniques in highly secure environments. His primary focus areas are penetration testing, threat intelligence, and application security research.

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  • Srinivasa Rao Kotipalli

    Srinivasa Rao Kotipalli (@srini0x00) is a security researcher from India. He has extensive hands-on experience in performing web application, infrastructure, and mobile security assessments. He worked as a security consultant at Tata Consultancy Services India for two and a half years and later joined a start-up in Malaysia. He has delivered training sessions on web, infrastructure, and mobile penetration testing for organizations across the world, in countries such as India, Malaysia, Brunei, and Vietnam. Through responsible disclosure programs, he has reported vulnerabilities in many top-notch organizations. He holds a bachelor's degree in information technology and is OSCP certified. He blogs at www.androidpentesting.com and www.infosecinstitute.com.

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  • Mohammed A. Imran

    Mohammed A. Imran (@secfigo) has more than 6 years of experience in product security and consulting, he spends most of his time on penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, and source code reviews of web and mobile applications. He has helped telecom, banking, and software development houses create and maintain secure SDLC programs.

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