The Web Application Hacker's Handbook
Discovering and Exploiting Security Flaws
By Dafydd Stuttard, Marcus Pinto
Publisher: Wiley
Final Release Date: January 2008
Pages: 768

Hack the planet

Web applications are everywhere, and they're insecure. Banks,retailers, and others have deployed millions of applications thatare full of holes, allowing attackers to steal personal data, carryout fraud, and compromise other systems. This innovative book showsyou how they do it.

This is hands-on stuff. The authors, recognized experts insecurity testing, take a practical approach, showing you thedetailed steps involved in finding and exploiting security flaws inweb applications. You will learn to:

  • Defeat an application's core defense mechanisms and gainunauthorized access, even to the most apparently secureapplications
  • Map attack surfaces and recognize potential entry points

  • Break client-side controls implemented within HTML, Java®,ActiveX®, and Flash®

  • Uncover subtle logic flaws that leave applications exposed

  • Use automation to speed up your attacks, with devastatingresults

  • Delve into source code and spot common vulnerabilities inlanguages like C#, Java, and PHP

Know your enemy

To defend an application, you must first know its weaknesses. Ifyou design or maintain web applications, this book will arm youwith the protective measures you need to prevent all of the attacksdescribed. If you're a developer, it will show you exactly whereand how to strengthen your defenses.

Additional resources online

  • Source code for scripts in this book
  • Links to tools and resources

  • Checklist of tasks involved in attacking applications

  • Answers to the questions posed in each chapter

  • A hacking challenge prepared by the authors

"If you have an interest in web application security, I wouldhighly recommend picking up a copy of this book, especially ifyou’re interested in being able to audit applications forvulnerabilities".
Robert Wesley McGrew, McGrew Security
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