Hacking Web Apps

Hacking Web Apps

Detecting and Preventing Web Application Security Problems

1st Edition - August 29, 2012

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  • Author: Mike Shema
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781597499514
  • eBook ISBN: 9781597499569

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How can an information security professional keep up with all of the hacks, attacks, and exploits on the Web? One way is to read Hacking Web Apps. The content for this book has been selected by author Mike Shema to make sure that we are covering the most vicious attacks out there. Not only does Mike let you in on the anatomy of these attacks, but he also tells you how to get rid of these worms, trojans, and botnets and how to defend against them in the future. Countermeasures are detailed so that you can fight against similar attacks as they evolve. Attacks featured in this book include: • SQL Injection • Cross Site Scripting • Logic Attacks • Server Misconfigurations • Predictable Pages • Web of Distrust • Breaking Authentication Schemes • HTML5 Security Breaches • Attacks on Mobile Apps Even if you don’t develop web sites or write HTML, Hacking Web Apps can still help you learn how sites are attacked—as well as the best way to defend against these attacks. Plus, Hacking Web Apps gives you detailed steps to make the web browser – sometimes your last line of defense – more secure.

Key Features

  • More and more data, from finances to photos, is moving into web applications. How much can you trust that data to be accessible from a web browser anywhere and safe at the same time?
  • Some of the most damaging hacks to a web site can be executed with nothing more than a web browser and a little knowledge of HTML.
  • Learn about the most common threats and how to stop them, including HTML Injection, XSS, Cross Site Request Forgery, SQL Injection, Breaking Authentication Schemes, Logic Attacks, Web of Distrust, Browser Hacks and many more.


Information Security professionals of all levels, web application developers, recreational hackers.

Table of Contents

  • About the Author



    Book Overview and Key Learning Points

    Book Audience

    How This Book is Organized

    Where to Go From Here

    Chapter 1. HTML5

    The New Document Object Model (DOM)

    Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS)


    Web Storage

    Web Workers

    Flotsam & Jetsam


    Chapter 2. HTML Injection & Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)

    Understanding HTML Injection

    Employing Countermeasures


    Chapter 3. Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF)

    Understanding Cross-Site Request Forgery

    Employing Countermeasures


    Chapter 4. SQL Injection & Data Store Manipulation

    Understanding SQL Injection

    Hacking Tangents: Mathematical and Grammatical

    Breaking SQL Statements

    Vivisecting the Database

    Employing Countermeasures


    Chapter 5. Breaking Authentication Schemes

    Understanding Authentication Attacks

    Employing Countermeasures


    Chapter 6. Abusing Design Deficiencies

    Understanding Logic & Design Attacks

    Employing Countermeasures


    Chapter 7. Leveraging Platform Weaknesses

    Understanding the Attacks

    Employing Countermeasures


    Chapter 8. Browser & Privacy Attacks

    Understanding Malware and Browser Attacks

    Employing Countermeasures



Product details

  • No. of pages: 296
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Syngress 2012
  • Published: August 29, 2012
  • Imprint: Syngress
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781597499514
  • eBook ISBN: 9781597499569

About the Author

Mike Shema

Mike Shema develops web application security solutions at Qualys, Inc. His current work is focused on an automated web assessment service. Mike previously worked as a security consultant and trainer for Foundstone where he conducted information security assessments across a range of industries and technologies. His security background ranges from network penetration testing, wireless security, code review, and web security. He is the co-author of Hacking Exposed: Web Applications, The Anti-Hacker Toolkit and the author of Hack Notes: Web Application Security. In addition to writing, Mike has presented at security conferences in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Affiliations and Expertise

Web Application Security Solutions, Qualys, Inc.

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