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The Basics of Web Hacking: Tools and Techniques to Attack the Web [Paperback]

Josh Pauli
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5 Sep 2013 0124166008 978-0124166004

The Basics of Web Hacking introduces you to a tool-driven process to identify the most widespread vulnerabilities in Web applications. No prior experience is needed. Web apps are a "path of least resistance" that can be exploited to cause the most damage to a system, with the lowest hurdles to overcome. This is a perfect storm for beginning hackers. The process set forth in this book introduces not only the theory and practical information related to these vulnerabilities, but also the detailed configuration and usage of widely available tools necessary to exploit these vulnerabilities.

The Basics of Web Hacking provides a simple and clean explanation of how to utilize tools such as Burp Suite, sqlmap, and Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP), as well as basic network scanning tools such as nmap, Nikto, Nessus, Metasploit, John the Ripper, web shells, netcat, and more. Dr. Josh Pauli teaches software security at Dakota State University and has presented on this topic to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the NSA, BlackHat Briefings, and Defcon. He will lead you through a focused, three-part approach to Web security, including hacking the server, hacking the Web app, and hacking the Web user.

With Dr. Pauli's approach, you will fully understand the what/where/why/how of the most widespread Web vulnerabilities and how easily they can be exploited with the correct tools. You will learn how to set up a safe environment to conduct these attacks, including an attacker Virtual Machine (VM) with all necessary tools and several known-vulnerable Web application VMs that are widely available and maintained for this very purpose. Once you complete the entire process, not only will you be prepared to test for the most damaging Web exploits, you will also be prepared to conduct more advanced Web hacks that mandate a strong base of knowledge.

  • Provides a simple and clean approach to Web hacking, including hands-on examples and exercises that are designed to teach you how to hack the server, hack the Web app, and hack the Web user
  • Covers the most significant new tools such as nmap, Nikto, Nessus, Metasploit, John the Ripper, web shells, netcat, and more!
  • Written by an author who works in the field as a penetration tester and who teaches Web security classes at Dakota State University

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress (5 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0124166008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0124166004
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a book about techniques one can use to break into web servers, browsers, and applications. Its intended audience is not criminals or spies, however, but 'white hat' hackers who attempt to break into their own organization's IT resources with permission and the goal of securing those resources against just these kind of attacks when they are made with hostile intent."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013 ".this first work shows the love of an eager first-time author who has an obvious passion about the subject is a good starting point for someone who has little or no exposure to web attacks. Anyone who wants a gentle introduction with a low bar to entry that bridges the gap between his knowledge and more advanced texts, will likely find this book useful."--The Ethical Hacker Network online, October 10, 2013

About the Author

Dr. Josh Pauli received his Ph.D. in Software Engineering from North Dakota State University (NDSU) and now serves as an Associate Professor of Information Security at Dakota State University (DSU) in Madison, SD. Dr. Pauli has published nearly 30 international journal and conference papers related to software security and his work includes invited presentations from the Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency, Black Hat Briefings, and Defcon. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in software security at DSU.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Weh hacking with Kali tools 2 Feb 2014
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A very nice book.
Introdution to kali tools exploration.. not really practical for hacking.. but nice to understand web principles like sessions and authentication
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bought as present 20 Dec 2013
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Can't say much, have bought as a requested present, no idea what it is all about, hopefully it is good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Are you concerned? Maybe you should be? 30 Sep 2013
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Let's say, just for the sake of this article, that you're a developer and that you work for a Fortune 500 corporation. Let's also say that you take jobs on the side for small companies. You guarantee the security of your apps when used on the web. They are supposed to be secure, and they are only used on the web. So what's to worry about? Your reputation if you find out that your apps are not secure and you do nothing about it.
This book will help you determine if your apps are as secure as you think, and if they're not, it will help you find and use the tools to test them. If they need more security, you can then beef up your security, both on your current apps and any future apps. Now your reputation is secured as well.
What if I'm not a developer? What if I'm just a regular Jane or Joe just doing my job? What if I'm just Suzy Homemaker and I'm just checking my email, or I'm selling items on a little website I own? This book is also for you. With the tools and information in this book you can definitely make your website more secure. You can plug the holes and remove as much vulnerability as is possible. This book is chock full of ideas to help you maintain a secure website, and apps whether you're a developer or not. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone concerned about securing their website and/or apps. If you're not concerned,, maybe you should be?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction Book to the topic 1 Sep 2013
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If you are looking for a quick introduction to the topic, this might be worthwhile. If you are looking for more intermediate or advanced discussions this might not be the book for you. Overall well written and easy to follow. A few of the commands are off, and so you have to work at them to get things working.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent entry into the security world 24 Feb 2014
By Wayne Pauli - Published on
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Very appealing approach to this topic. Copies were purchased as gifts for my advisory board. Much appreciated and looking forward to more from Dr. Pauli.
5.0 out of 5 stars good read 18 Jan 2014
By Jason - Published on
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This is a great book for anyone interested in websecurity. It is not a detailed how to, but it give you enough to really understand the concepts and where to start.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great basics book for computer penetration testing and security 19 Dec 2013
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This is an outstanding book for someone who wants to be a white, black, or grey hat hacker, or a beginner sneaker. It has good resources for you to take your education to the next level as well.
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