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Description - Web Security Testing Cookbook by Brian (Paco) Hope

Among the tests you perform on web applications, security testing is perhaps the most important, yet it's often the most neglected. The recipes in the Web Security Testing Cookbook demonstrate how developers and testers can check for the most common web security issues, while conducting unit tests, regression tests, or exploratory tests. Unlike ad hoc security assessments, these recipes are repeatable, concise, and systematic-perfect for integrating into your regular test suite. Recipes cover the basics from observing messages between clients and servers to multi-phase tests that script the login and execution of web application features. By the end of the book, you'll be able to build tests pinpointed at Ajax functions, as well as large multi-step tests for the usual suspects: cross-site scripting and injection attacks. This book helps you: * Obtain, install, and configure useful-and free-security testing tools * Understand how your application communicates with users, so you can better simulate attacks in your tests * Choose from many different methods that simulate common attacks such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting, and manipulating hidden form fields * Make your tests repeatable by using the scripts and examples in the recipes as starting points for automated tests Don't live in dread of the midnight phone call telling you that your site has been hacked. With Web Security Testing Cookbook and the free tools used in the book's examples, you can incorporate security coverage into your test suite, and sleep in peace.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780596514839
ISBN-10: 0596514832
Format: Paperback
(233mm x 178mm x 16mm)
Pages: 314
Imprint: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
Publish Date: 27-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Brian (Paco) Hope

Paco Hope is a Consultant with Cigital. His areas of expertise include PKI, cryptography, LAN networking and host security. Before joining Cigital, he served as director of product development for Charlottesville, VA-based Tovaris, Inc. and head systems administrator in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia. Paco has published articles on X.509 revocation and Unix host security features.Ben Walther is a consultant at Cigital and contributor to the Edit Cookies tool. He has a hand in both normal Quality Assurance and Software Security. Day to day, he designs and executes tests - and so he understands the need for simple recipes, in the hectic QA world. Yet he has also given talks on web ap-plication testing tools to members of the Open Web Application Security Pro-ject (OWASP). Through Cigital, he tests systems ranging from financial data processing to slot machines. Mr. Walther has a B.S. in Information Science from Cornell University.

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