CHAPTER 1 HACKING WEB APPS 101

This chapter provides a brief overview of the “who, what, when, where, how, and why” of web application hacking. It’s designed to set the stage for the subsequent chapters of the book, which will delve much more deeply into the details of web application attacks and countermeasures. We’ll also introduce the basic web application hacking toolset, since these tools will be used throughout the rest of the book for numerous purposes.

WHAT IS WEB APPLICATION HACKING?

We’re not going to waste much time defining web application—unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last ten years, you likely have firsthand experience with dozens of web applications (Google, Amazon.com, Hotmail, and so on). For a more in-depth ...

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