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The Web Application Hacker′s Handbook: Finding and Exploiting Security Flaws Paperback – Illustrated, 7 October 2011
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Web applications are everywhere, and they're insecure. Banks, retailers, and others have deployed millions of applications that are full of holes, allowing attackers to steal personal data, carry out fraud, and compromise other systems. This book shows you how they do it.
This fully updated edition contains the very latest attack techniques and countermeasures, showing you how to break into today's complex and highly functional applications. Roll up your sleeves and dig in.
Discover how cloud architectures and social networking have added exploitable attack surfaces to applications
Leverage the latest HTML features to deliver powerful cross-site scripting attacks
Deliver new injection exploits, including XML external entity and HTTP parameter pollution attacks
Learn how to break encrypted session tokens and other sensitive data found in cloud services
Discover how technologies like HTML5, REST, CSS and JSON can be exploited to attack applications and compromise users
Learn new techniques for automating attacksand dealing with CAPTCHAs and cross-site request forgery tokens
Steal sensitive data across domains using seemingly harmless application functions and new browser features
Find help and resources at http: //mdsec.net/wahh
Source code for some of the scripts in the book
Links to tools and other resources
A checklist of tasks involved in most attacks
Answers to the questions posed in each chapter
Hundreds of interactive vulnerability labs
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Since you're a new-learner for some advanced stuff, you need to do it on the lab. First, you pay 35$ (yes there is minimum credit requirement for 5 credits for your first order(!)) but for example when you're stuck in an example and can't finish your experiment, you kind of waste your very expensive credits. The feeling that you are missing something is bad because you know you can't afford (7$ per hour, really!) till all things are clear!
Also there isn't any 'pause your session' option for your lab sessions. If you start, you must finish it! This is ridiculous...
I want to be optimistic about labs; yeah, there are fees for servers and bandwidth, but I think, if their plan is teaching good rather than making more money, they could provide all the ASP.NET source codes and problem solutions for the labs on their site, but it isn't.
As a result; give it a chance, it has some great content in it but this lab things will make you nervous.
Step 1. Locate all instances within the application where hidden form fields, cookies, and URL parameters are apparently being used to transmit data via the client.
Step 2. Attempt to determine or guess the role that the item plays in the a application's logic, based on the context in which it appears and on clues such as the parameter's name.
Step 3. Modify the item's value in ways that are .... and so on.
Ok. So I THINK I found what I was looking for but I'm not 100% sure. How do I find the answers to make sure. ??????
So the BIGGEST problem for me with each of these "hack steps" is that there isn't an answer key. They should have something like "You should have found <answer here> on this page by performing these steps. Maybe something on the lab site to show you or pictures or something. Nothing is found for this for their labs. Showing an automated slide of them performing it would of helped.
So once you hit chapter 4 you better buckle up because like another reviewer said it gets C.I.P.U. (clear if previously understood) real quick. Great book for intermediate-advanced people with webapp/security experience. I certainly wouldn't recommend it for beginners. I am still going through it but I thought the labs were really discouraging. The material is great and very relevant though. I think the labs could of done a lot better in my opinion.
I think this is still worth a look if you're interested in the theory beyond cyber security and you didn't take a college level class in it. I'm honestly not sure if it would help 99% of people out there to get into pen testing. However, it should help you become a good system admin.