Chapter 2

Web Server Hacking

Chapter Rundown:

■ Recon made easy with host and robots.txt

■ Port scanning with Nmap: getting to know the world’s #1 port scanner

■ Vulnerability scanning with Nessus and Nikto: finding missing patches and more

■ Exploitation with Metasploit: a step-by-step guide to poppin’ boxes


Web server hacking is a part of the larger universe known casually as “network hacking.” For most people, this is the first area of hacking that they dig into as it includes the most well-known tools and has been widely publicized in the media. Just check out the movies that make use of some of the tools in this chapter!

Obviously, network hacking isn’t the emphasis of this book, but there are certain tools and techniques that every ...

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