A Quick Start Guide to Penetration Testing
About the Book
In order to test their security infrastructure, companies are increasingly turning to freelance security researchers to hunt for bugs - glitches in their systems with the potential to be exploited - and paying the ethical professionals who report them for removal.
This quick guide is an attempt to get readers actively hunting for bugs on their own, on real websites - for real money - as soon as possible. With the direct explanations, walkthroughs, and code examples provided in this document, anyone with a smattering of understanding in web technologies can expect to begin productively (and profitably) hunting for security flaws.
What You Should Already Know
- The Browser
Setting Up Your Environment
- Tool Philosophy
- Burp Suite
- Kali Linux
- Other Tools
Joining the Hunt
- The Importance of Choosing Your (Legal) Hunting Ground
- Bug Hunting Communities
- Testing Grounds
Web Application Security Overview
- The Ubiquity of Web Apps
- Security Issues Intrinsic to Web Applications
- SQL Injection (SQLi)
Submitting Great Bug Reports
- Important Jargon and Technical Terms
- 5 Tips for Writing a Great Report
- Where To Go From Here
- Press Inquiries
- Thank You
- General Purpose
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