There is no such thing as “perfect security” when it comes to keeping all systems intact and functioning properly. Good penetration (pen) testing creates a balance that allows a system to be secure while simultaneously being fully functional. With this book, you'll learn how to become an effective penetrator (i.e., a white hat or ethical hacker) in order to circumvent the security features of a Web application so that those features can be accurately evaluated and adequate security precautions can be put in place.
After a review of the basics of web applications, you'll be introduced to web application hacking concepts and techniques such as vulnerability analysis, attack simulation, results analysis, manuals, source code, and circuit diagrams. These web application hacking concepts and techniques will prove useful information for ultimately securing the resources that need your protection.
What you will learn from this book
* Surveillance techniques that an attacker uses when targeting a system for a strike
* Various types of issues that exist within the modern day web application space
* How to audit web services in order to assess areas of risk and exposure
* How to analyze your results and translate them into documentation that is useful for remediation
* Techniques for pen-testing trials to practice before a live project
Who this book is for
This book is for programmers, developers, and information security professionals who want to become familiar with web application security and how to audit it.
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
This book will take readers from the discovery of vulnerabilities and the creation of the corresponding exploits, through a complete security assessment, all the way through deploying patches against these vulnerabilities to protect their networks.
This is unique in that it details both the management and technical skill and tools required to develop an effective vulnerability management system. Business case studies and real world vulnerabilities are used through the book. It starts by introducing the reader to the concepts of a vulnerability management system. Readers will be provided detailed timelines of exploit development, vendors' time to patch, and corporate path installations. Next, the differences between security assessment s and penetration tests will be clearly explained along with best practices for conducting both. Next, several case studies from different industries will illustrate the effectiveness of varying vulnerability assessment methodologies. The next several chapters will define the steps of a vulnerability assessment including: defining objectives, identifying and classifying assets, defining rules of engagement, scanning hosts, and identifying operating systems and applications. The next several chapters provide detailed instructions and examples for differentiating vulnerabilities from configuration problems, validating vulnerabilities through penetration testing. The last section of the book provides best practices for vulnerability management and remediation.
* Unique coverage detailing both the management and technical skill and tools required to develop an effective vulnerability management system
* Vulnerability management is rated the #2 most pressing concern for security professionals in a poll conducted by Information Security Magazine
* Covers in the detail the vulnerability management lifecycle from discovery through patch.
Fully updated expanded to cover the latest devious hacking methods
Featuring in-depth, advanced coverage of vulnerability discovery and reverse engineering, Gray Hat Hacking, Third Edition provides eight brand-new chapters on the latest ethical hacking techniques. In addition to the new chapters, the rest of the book is updated to address current issues, threats, tools and techniques.
This one-of-a-kind guide offers a comprehensive overview of the hacking landscape and is organized in a progressive manner, first giving an update on the latest developments in hacking-related law, useful to everyone in the security field. Next, the book describes the security testing process and covers useful tools and exploit frameworks. The second section is expanded by explaining social engineering, physical, and insider attacks and the latest trends in hacking (Voice over IP and SCADA attacks). The book then explains, from both a code and machine-level perspective, how exploits work and guides you through writing simple exploits. Finally, the authors provide a comprehensive description of vulnerability research and reverse engineering.
Gray Hat Hacking, Third Edition features eight new chapters, covering:
Detailed, authoritative coverage Introduction to Ethical Disclosure; Ethics of Ethical Hacking; Ethical Hacking and the Legal System; Proper and Ethical Disclosure; Penetration Testing and Tools; Social Engineering Attacks; Physical Attacks; Insider Attacks; Using BackTrack LiveCD Linux Distribution; Using Metasploit; Dradis and Managing a Pen Test; Exploiting; Progamming SProgrammingills; Basic Linux Exploits; Advanced Linux Exploits; Shellcode Strategies; Writing Linux Shell Code; Basic Windows Exploits; Client Content Based Attacks; Web Server Attacks; VoIP Attacks; SCADA Attacks; Vulnerability Analysis; Passive Analysis; Advanced Static Analysis with IDA Pro; Advanced Reverse Engineering; Client-Side Browser Exploits; Exploiting Windows Access Control Model; Intelligent Fuzzing with Sulley; From Vulnerability to Exploit; Closing the Holes: Mitigation Techniques; Malware Analysis; Collecting Malware and Initial Analysis; Hacking Malware
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