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Mastering Kali Linux for Advanced Penetration Testing by Robert W. Beggs

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Application-specific attacks

Application-specific attacks outnumber the attacks against specific operating systems; when one considers the misconfigurations, vulnerabilities, and logic errors that can affect each online application, it is surprising that any application can be considered "secure." We will highlight some of the more important attacks against web services.

Brute-forcing access credentials

One of the most common initial attacks against a website or its services is a brute-force attack against the access authentication—guessing the username and password. This attack has a high success rate because users tend to select easy-to-remember credentials or reuse credentials, and also because system administrators frequently don't control multiple ...

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