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Service-Oriented Architecure (SOA), Rich Internet Applications (RIA), and Asynchronous Java and eXtended Markup Language (Ajax) comprise the backbone behind now-widespread Web 2.0 applications, such as MySpace, Google Maps, Flickr, and Live.com. Although these robust tools make next-generation Web applications possible, they also add new security concerns to the fi eld of Web application security. Yamanner-, Sammy-, and Spaceflash-type worms are exploiting client-side Ajax frameworks, providing new avenues of attack, and compromising confidential information. Portals such as Google, Netflix, Yahoo, and MySpace have witnessed new vulnerabilities recently, and these vulnerabilities can be leveraged by attackers to perform phishing, cross-site scripting (XSS), and cross-site request forgery (CSRF) exploitation. Web 2.0 Security: Defending Ajax, RIA, and SOA covers the new field of Web 2.0 security. Written for security professionals and developers, the book explores Web 2.0 hacking methods and helps enhance next-generation security controls for better application security. Readers will gain knowledge in advanced footprinting and discovery techniques; Web 2.0 scanning and vulnerability detection methods; Ajax and Flash hacking methods; SOAP, REST, and XML-RPC hacking; RSS/Atom feed attacks; fuzzing and code review methodologies and tools; and tool building with Python, Ruby, and .NET. Whether you're a computer security professional, a developer, or an administrator, Web 2.0 Security: Defending Ajax, RIA, and SOA is the only book you will need to prevent new Web 2.0 security threats from harming your network and compromising your data.
Posted March 8, 2008
Are you a security- professional or developer? If you are, this book is for you! Author Shreeraj Shah, has done an outstanding job of writing a great book that explores Web 2.0 hacking methods. Shah, begins by covering real life Web 2.0 applications that offer a better perspective on the overall infrastructure. Next, the author focuses on the overall Web 2.0 changes and their impact on security. Then, he discusses Web services footprinting and identifies access points for SOA as well as an understanding of application discovery and profiling to identify internal Web 2.0 resources. The author continues by discussing the XSS attack vector and its security implications for Web 2.0 applications. In addition, the author explores the security concerns growing around RSS, mashup, and widgets. He also provides an overview of SOA and the security concerns associated with it. Next, the author takes a look at ModSecurity for Apache and IhttpModule for the .NET framework, as well as some tricks with which you can identify Ajax-based requests and act upon them on the server side. Finally, he covers some interesting tools, techniques, references, and cheat sheets. This most excellent book addresses several critical aspects of Web 2.0 security/. What¿s most important though, is that this book addresses in detail both tactical attack vectors and defense strategies, while focussing on web 2.0.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.