CHAPTER 7. Attacking the Server


What’s In This Chapter?

This chapter follows the subject matter of the previous chapter, in which we detailed attacks against programs and applications on the Web server. In this chapter, we discuss direct attacks against the operating system and configuration of the Web server machine. The lesson is that it isn’t just about writing secure code, but also about ensuring that the environment in which the code runs is as secure as possible.


Web applications reside on a server machine, and their contents are “served” to some client application—most often a browser. When information is sent back to the ...

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