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The Web Application Hacker's Handbook Finding and Exploiting Security Flaws



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The highly successful security book returns with a new edition, completely updated Web applications are the front door to most organizations, exposing them to attacks that may disclose personal information, execute fraudulent transactions, or compromise ordinary users. This practical book has been completely updated and revised to discuss the latest step-by-step techniques for attacking and defending the range of ever-evolving web applications. You'll explore the various new technologies employed in web applications that have appeared since the first edition and review the new attack techniques that have been developed, particularly in relation to the client side. Reveals how to overcome the new technologies and techniques aimed at defending web applications against attacks that have appeared since the previous edition Discusses new remoting frameworks, HTML5, cross-domain integration techniques, UI redress, framebusting, HTTP parameter pollution, hybrid file attacks, and more Features a companion web site hosted by the authors that allows readers to try out the attacks described, gives answers to the questions that are posed at the end of each chapter, and provides a summarized methodology and checklist of tasks Focusing on the areas of web application security where things have changed in recent years, this book is the most current resource on the critical topic of discovering, exploiting, and preventing web application security flaws.

Author Biography

DAFYDD STUTTARD is an independent security consultant, author, and software developer specializing in penetration testing of web applications and compiled software. Under the alias PortSwigger, Dafydd created the popular Burp Suite of hacking tools.

MARCUS PINTO delivers security consultancy and training on web application attack and defense to leading global organizations in the financial, government, telecom, gaming, and retail sectors.
The authors cofounded MDSec, a consulting company that provides training in attack and defense-based security.

Table of Contents

Introduction xxiii

Chapter 1 Web Application (In)security 1

Chapter 2 Core Defense Mechanisms 17

Chapter 3 Web Application Technologies 39

Chapter 4 Mapping the Application 73

Chapter 5 Bypassing Client-Side Controls 117

Chapter 6 Attacking Authentication 159

Chapter 7 Attacking Session Management 205

Chapter 8 Attacking Access Controls 257

Chapter 9 Attacking Data Stores 287

Chapter 10 Attacking Back-End Components 357

Chapter 11 Attacking Application Logic 405

Chapter 12 Attacking Users: Cross-Site Scripting 431

Chapter 13 Attacking Users: Other Techniques 501

Chapter 14 Automating Customized Attacks 571

Chapter 15 Exploiting Information Disclosure 615

Chapter 16 Attacking Native Compiled Applications 633

Chapter 17 Attacking Application Architecture 647

Chapter 18 Attacking the Application Server 669

Chapter 19 Finding Vulnerabilities in Source Code 701

Chapter 20 A Web Application Hacker’s Toolkit 747

Chapter 21 A Web Application Hacker’s Methodology 791

Index 853

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