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The Web Application Hacker's Handbook: Finding and Exploiting Security Flaws [Paperback]

by Dafydd Stuttard, Marcus Pinto
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September 27, 2011 1118026470 978-1118026472 2
The highly successful security book returns with a new edition, completely updatedWeb applications are the front door to most organizations, exposing them to attacks that may disclose personal information, execute fraudulent transactions, or compromise ordinary users. This practical book has been completely updated and revised to discuss the latest step-by-step techniques for attacking and defending the range of ever-evolving web applications. You'll explore the various new technologies employed in web applications that have appeared since the first edition and review the new attack techniques that have been developed, particularly in relation to the client side.
  • Reveals how to overcome the new technologies and techniques aimed at defending web applications against attacks that have appeared since the previous edition
  • Discusses new remoting frameworks, HTML5, cross-domain integration techniques, UI redress, framebusting, HTTP parameter pollution, hybrid file attacks, and more
  • Features a companion web site hosted by the authors that allows readers to try out the attacks described, gives answers to the questions that are posed at the end of each chapter, and provides a summarized methodology and checklist of tasks
Focusing on the areas of web application security where things have changed in recent years, this book is the most current resource on the critical topic of discovering, exploiting, and preventing web application security flaws..

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  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118026470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118026472
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 3.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book That Keeps on Giving... October 14, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
There's a running joke we have on our assessment team about the Web Application Hackers Handbook. Every time we see a new technology, or have to deal with a one-off situation, we start doing research online only to find it was already referenced in WAHH somewhere. We've all read this book several times too, it's like Dafydd and Marcus sneak into our houses at night and add content...

Joking aside though, there is no other reference for web hacking as thorough or complete as WAHH.

With WAHH2 the authors added a significant amount content and rehashed existing chapters that were already deeply technical. The bonus in WAHH2 is its associated labs. Dafydd and Marcus have been giving a live WAHH training for years and have now moved the stellar CTF like challenges to the cloud. You can buy credits ($7 for 1hr) and move right along as you read the book (MDSec.net). When I say the labs are stellar, I mean it. The labs come almost straight from the class and start trivial and then get crazy. The injection labs were by far my favorite, housing 30-40 different injection types/variants each between XSS/SQLi. The CTF in the class (which i'll mention again is where the MDSec.com labs are based from) gets ridiculous toward the end. Even seasoned web testers fall around questions 14-16. But i digress...

WAHH2 is now the defacto buy for any pentest/QA/Audit team. Its usage will surpass any other book on your bookshelf if you are doing practical testing.

5 stars, i'd give it 10 if I could.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Improvement on the Best October 1, 2011
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This book improves on what I already thought was the best book on the subject.

The advantage of this book (and now the new version even more so) is in the way it breaks down the topics. Many books sort of jump around with their various sections, while the WAHH takes the precise line that I think is best when building on one's understanding of this topic.

The updated material is significant, and definitely worth the re-purchase. I bought both the dead-tree and the Kindle version.

100% definitely recommended.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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Pains me to write a bad review for a book that has SO much great stuff. Really, it's full to the brim of really great info.

But where they went way way wrong: they keep referencing "Try it!" modules that refer to an online site, where the have different tutorials set up on a virtual server. You're allowed to try the hack techniques against the server for a "mere 7 dollars per hour".

But that's actually really really expensive (if you don't have a company paying for you, hell, even if you do). The online labs are sophisticated, but not THAT sophisticated. The author could have EASILY put them online for free, or run them cheaper. It'll take you HOURS to figure out anything on his labs, unless youre a seasoned pentest guy.

it's 7 per hour, and you have to choose 1 hour increments. So I found myself listing things i wanted to try in that hour...which i never got through, because HE DIDN'T INCLUDE ANSWERS, OR A GUIDE! You're supposed to figure it out on the go, which is fine and dandy if youre just browsing a site, but not when youre paying 7 dollars an hour to be on a site.

F that...could have done it better/different.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Web Application Hacker's Handbook 2nd ed. August 16, 2012
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The first 3 chapters are a very good review of the state of Internet security in general. Then you hit chapter 4 and everything becomes C.I.P.U. (clear if previously understood) in a hurry. What is "Burp" and why do I need it? You have to jump to chapter 20 to find out, where you are told how to set up a proxy server. So now what? Use Burp to figure things out! We're going in a circle here. (And this assumes you've got your proxy even working.)

The book also stresses on-line learning thru their website, for a modest fee. But just what do you get for these lessons. I don't know, because the first one doesn't occur until chapter 5. And by then I was turned off by the book.

To be fair, there's a gold mine of material in this book. But it's not for the beginner. You have to put it together like a jig saw puzzle, but without benefit of any picture of what the finished puzzle should look like.

If you are already beyond basic hacking, are aware of the tools available, and know the HTML standard inside out, then this is probably a good book for you. But it is way too much for the newbie. This book should come with the skill level notice of "For intermediate to advanced users."
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bottom line: buy it April 7, 2013
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Reading this book up to around page 600 made me seriously question how anyone could give it less than 5 stars. The amount of knowledge it gave me for a mere $25 is absolutely astounding. I was eagerly waiting to finish it so I could come review it.

Then I finished it, and I understood some of the criticisms. It starts to feel like it's repeating itself after a while, and the product placement for Burp start to become a bit more annoying.

Still, the rest of the book is chock full of great, detailed information. If you're like me and had a basic understanding of how SQL injection worked, but wanted to get a deeper look, this book is perfect. If you chopped off the last 200 pages you would have a book that was STILL worth well over $25. It's hard for me to give it less than 5 stars when my major complaint is that it gives too much information.

Bottom line: if you're a beginner or intermediate to web application security and you're wondering whether you should buy this, just do it. You won't be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It is one of the best books for web application hacking but no answer...
First off, one of the authors of the book is the person who made burpsuite. It becomes quite clear you actually need to purchase burpsuite pro if you want to follow all of the hack... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jason Z.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Intro to Web Application Sec
This is a great book if you're looking to get into web app security testing. The ideas are easy to understand, and are relative to anything that's online. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Reeko
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK
I like this book, it details a lot o aspects about web pen testing methods. Yes I recommend it to others.
Published 1 month ago by MacAttack
5.0 out of 5 stars Newbie to pen testing
Very descriptive for beginner and intermediate learners. The authors don't leave anything out. Book goes into lots of details and provides multiple examples.
Published 2 months ago by Tara
4.0 out of 5 stars overall a good book.
The book was good, but having the example/test site be a paid site was annoying. I've paid for the book, and would appreciate some access to the site that the book references... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul B. Albee
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
This book is a must if you are in the security business. It is deeper than any other book in the market.
Published 3 months ago by D. Moreno Del Cerro
5.0 out of 5 stars Any body want be WebApp Ninja
Dafydd Stuttard is Creator of Burp Suite, and author of The Web Application Hacker's Handbook . No need to complete :)
Published 3 months ago by Hany A. Hassan
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This book is awesome. And I love it. That is all I have to say about this book. Thank you.
Published 3 months ago by k-ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book if you want to master Burp Suite Pro
Excellent book if you want to master Burp Suite Pro. Seriously I'm an advanced security professional who had to switch to using Burp for a new gig and really was amazed at the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Trey B
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Loved it. Great service and speed on getting the book in on time. This was exactly what I was looking for.
Published 6 months ago by Osier W Tanner II
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