Hacker’s Elusive Thoughts The Web


The reason for this blog post is to advertise my book. First of all I would like to thank all the readers of my blog for the support and feedback on making my articles better. After 12+ years in the penetration testing industry, the time has come for me to publish my book and tranfer my knowledge to all the intersted people that like hacking and want to learn as much as possible. Also at the end of the blog you will find a sample chapter.

About The Author

Gerasimos is a security consultant holding a MSc in Information Security, a CREST (CRT), a CISSP, an ITILv3, a GIAC GPEN and a GIAC GAWPT accreditation. Working alongside diverse and highly skilled teams Gerasi- mos has been involved in countless comprehensive security tests and web application secure development engagements for global web applications and network platforms, counting more than 14 years in the web application and application security architecture.

Gerasimos further progressing in his career has participated in vari- ous projects providing leadership and accountability for assigned IT security projects, security assurance activities, technical security reviews and assess- ments and conducted validations and technical security testing against pre- production systems as part of overall validations.

Where From You Can Buy The Book

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Why I Wrote This Book

I wrote this book to share my knowledge with anyone that wants to learn about Web Application security, understand how to formalize a Web Appli- cation penetration test and build a Web Application penetration test team.

The main goal of the book is to: 

Brainstorm you with some interesting ideas and help you build a com- prehensive penetration testing framework, which you can easily use for your specific needs. Help you understand why you need to write your own tools. Gain a better understanding of some not so well documented attack techniques.
The main goal of the book is not to:
Provide you with a tool kit to perform Web Application penetration tests. Provide you with complex attacks that you will not be able to under- stand. Provide you with up to date information on latest attacks.

Who This Book Is For 

This book is written to help hacking enthusiasts to become better and stan- dardize their hacking methodologies and techniques so as to know clearly what to do and why when testing Web Applications. This book will also be very helpful to the following professionals:

1. Web Application developers.
2. Professional Penetration Testers.
3. Web Application Security Analysts.
4. Information Security professionals.
5. Hiring Application Security Managers.
6. Managing Information Security Consultants.

How This Book Is Organised  

Almost all chapters are written in such a way so as to not require you to read the chapters sequentially, in order to understand the concepts presented, although it is recommended to do so. The following section is going to give you an overview of the book:

Chapter 1: Formalising Web Application Penetration Tests -
This chapter is a gentle introduction to the world of penetration testing, and attempt to give a realistic view on the current landscape. More specifically it attempt to provide you information on how to compose a Pen- etration Testing team and make the team as ecient as possible and why writing tools and choosing the proper tools is important.

Chapter 2: Scanning With Class -

The second chapter focuses on helping you understand the dierence between automated and manual scanning from the tester’s perspective. It will show you how to write custom scanning tools with the use of Python. This part of the book also contains Python chunks of code demonstrating on how to write tools and design your own scanner.

Chapter 3: Payload Management -

This chapter focuses on explaining two things a) What is a Web payload from security perspective, b) Why is it important to obfuscated your payloads.

Chapter 4: Infiltrating Corporate Networks Using XXE -

This chapter focuses on explaining how to exploit and elevate an External Entity (XXE) Injection vulnerability. The main purpose of this chapter is not to show you how to exploit an XXE vulnerability, but to broaden your mind on how you can combine multiple vulnerabilities together to infiltrate your target using an XXE vulnerability as an example.

Chapter 5: Phishing Like A Boss -

This chapter focuses on explaining how to perform phishing attacks using social engineering and Web vulnerabilities. The main purpose of this chapter is to help you broaden your mind on how to combine multiple security issues, to perform phishing attacks.

Chapter 6: SQL Injection Fuzzing For Fun And Profit -

This chapter focuses on explaining how to perform and automate SQL injection attacks through obfuscation using Python. It also explains why SQL injection attacks happen and what is the risk of having them in your web applications.

Sample Chapter Download
From the following link you will be able to download a sample chapter from my book:

Sample Book Download