Attacking and Exploiting Modern Web Applications – Packt Publishing (2023)

Attacking and Exploiting Modern Web Applications – Packt Publishing (2023)
English | Tutorial | Size: 81.28 MB

Web attacks and exploits pose an ongoing threat to the interconnected world. This comprehensive book explores the latest challenges in web application security, providing you with an in-depth understanding of hackers’ methods and the practical knowledge and skills needed to effectively understand web attacks. The book starts by emphasizing the importance of mindset and toolset in conducting successful web attacks. You’ll then explore the methodologies and frameworks used in these attacks, and learn how to configure the environment using interception proxies, automate tasks with Bash and Python, and set up a research lab. As you advance through the book, you’ll discover how to attack the SAML authentication layer; attack front-facing web applications by learning WordPress and SQL injection, and exploit vulnerabilities in IoT devices, such as command injection, by going through three CTFs and learning about the discovery of seven CVEs. Each chapter analyzes confirmed cases of exploitation mapped with MITRE ATT&CK. You’ll also analyze attacks on Electron JavaScript-based applications, such as XSS and RCE, and the security challenges of auditing and exploiting Ethereum smart contracts written in Solidity. Finally, you’ll find out how to disclose vulnerabilities. By the end of this book, you’ll have enhanced your ability to find and exploit web vulnerabilities.

Key benefits
Learn how to detect vulnerabilities using source code, dynamic analysis, and decompiling binaries
Find and exploit vulnerabilities such as SQL Injection, XSS, Command Injection, RCE, and Reentrancy
Analyze real-world security incidents based on MITRE ATT&CK to understand the risk at the CISO level

Who is this book for?
This book is for anyone whose job role involves ensuring their organization’s security – penetration testers and red teamers who want to deepen their knowledge of the current security challenges for web applications, developers and DevOps professionals who want to get into the mindset of an attacker; and security managers and CISOs looking to truly understand the impact and risk of web, IoT, and smart contracts. Basic knowledge of web technologies, as well as related protocols is a must.

What you will learn
Understand the mindset, methodologies, and toolset needed to carry out web attacks
Discover how SAML and SSO work and study their vulnerabilities
Get to grips with WordPress and learn how to exploit SQL injection
Find out how IoT devices work and exploit command injection
Familiarize yourself with ElectronJS applications and transform an XSS to an RCE
Discover how to audit Solidity’s Ethereum smart contracts
Get the hang of decompiling, debugging, and instrumenting web applications

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