How to Spider Web Applications using Burpsuite

Hello friends! Today we are doing web penetration testing using burp suite spider which very rapidly crawl entire web application and dump the formation of targeted web site.

Burp Spider is a tool for automatically crawling web applications. While it is generally preferable to map applications manually, you can use Burp Spider to partially automate this process for very large applications, or when you are short of time.


 Let’s begin!!

First attacker needs to configure browser and burp proxy to work properly, will my targetd web site for enumeration.

Form given below screenshot you can see currently there is no targeted website inside site map of burp suite. To add your targeted web site inside it you need to fetch the http request send by browser to web application server, using intercept option of proxy tab.

Click on proxy tab and turn on intercept in order to catch http request.

Here you can observe that I had fetched the http request of; now send to spider with help of action tab.

Confirm your action by making click on YES; Burp will alter the existing target scope to include the preferred item, and all sub-items contained by the site map tree.

Now choose spider tab for further step, here you will find two sub categories control tab and option.

Burp Spider – Control Tab

This tab is used to start and stop Burp Spider, monitor its progress, and define the spidering scope.

 Spider Status

Use these settings to monitor and control Burp Spider:

  • Spider is paused / running– This toggle button is used to start and stop the Spider. While the Spider is stopped it will not make any requests of its own, although it will continue to process responses generated via Burp Proxy (if passive spidering is enabled), and any newly-discovered items that are within the spidering scope will be queued to be requested if the Spider is restarted.
  • Clear queues– If you want to reprioritize your work, you can completely clear the currently queued items, so that other items can be added to the queue. Note that the cleared items may be re-queued if they remain in-scope and the Spider’s parser encounters new links to the items.

 Spider Scope

This panel lets you define exactly what is in the scope for the Spider to request.

The best way to handle spidering scope is normally using the suite-wide target scope, and by default the Spider will use that scope.

Burp Spider Options

This tab contains options for the basic crawler settings, passive spidering, form submission , application login, the Spider engine, and HTTP request headers .

You can monitor the status of the Spider when running, via the Control tab. Any newly discovered content will be added to the Target site map.

When spidering a selected branch of the site map, Burp will carry out the following actions (depending on your settings):

  • Request any unrequested URLs already present within the branch.
  • Submit any discovered forms whose action URLs lay within the branch.
  • Re-request any items in the branch that previously returned 304 status codes, to retrieve fresh (uncached) copies of the application’s responses.
  • Parse all content retrieved to identify new URLs and forms.
  • Recursively repeat these steps as new content is discovered.
  • Continue spidering all in-scope areas until no new content is discovered.

Hence you can see the targeted website has been added inside the site map as a new scope for web crawling. Choose spider this host option by making right click on selected URL which automatically start web crawling.

When you click on preferred target site map further content which has been discover by spider will get added inside it as shown in given image below.

Form screenshot you can see its dump all items of web site even by throwing request and response of host.

Author: AArti Singh is a Researcher and Technical Writer at Hacking Articles an Information Security Consultant Social Media Lover and Gadgets. Contact here

Dumping Database using Outfile

In our previous  article you have learned the basic concepts of SQL injection but in some scenarios you will find that your basic knowledge and tricks will fail. Today we are going to perform SELECT…INTO OUTFILE statement is easiest way of exporting a table records into a text file or excel file

 This statement allows user to load table information very rapidly to a text file on the server machine. SELECT … INTO OUTFILE writes the significant rows to a file, and gives authority to the use of column and row terminators to specify output format. The output file is created directly by the MySQL server, so the filename with path should be specify where user want the file to be written on the server host. The file must not exist already on server. It cannot be overwritten. A user requires the FILE privilege to run this statement.

Let’s start!!

Lesson 7

Open the browser and type following SQL query in URL


From screenshot you can read “you are in….. Use outfile” now let’s try to break this statement.

OKAY! The Query has been broken successfully we receive the error message when we had used single quote (‘) in order to break query hence it confirms that it is vulnerable.


After making lots of efforts finally successfully the query gets fixed, if noticed the step for SQL injection is similar as previous chapter only techniques to fix the query is different.

http://localhost:81/sqli/Less-7/?id=1))    –+

Now following query will dump the result into a text file. Here you need to mention the path where user wants the file to be written on the server host. The file must not exist already on server user always use new text file for over writing database information.

http://localhost:81/sqli/Less-7/?id=1′)) union select 1,2,3 into outfile “/xampp/htdocs/sqli/Less-7/hack1.txt” –+

 From screenshot you can perceive that still it is showing error message now open another tab for the output of resultant query.


Now add file name hack1.txt to check output of above query.


hence you can see we get output of executed query inside text file. This will save hack1.txt file inside the server machine also.

Execute following query to retrieve database name using union injection using a new text file.

http://localhost:81/sqli/Less-7/?id=1′)) union select 1,2,database() into outfile “/xampp/htdocs/sqli/Less-7/hack2.txt” –+


Hence you can see we have successfully get security as database name as result.

Next query will provide entire table names saved inside the database using another text file.

http://localhost:81/sqli/Less-7/?id=1′)) union select 1,group_concat(table_name),3 from information_schema.tables where table_schema=database() into outfile “/xampp/htdocs/sqli/Less-7/hack3.txt” –+


From screenshot you can read the following table names:

T1: emails

T2: referers

T3: uagents

T4: users

Now we’ll try to find out column names of users table using following query.

localhost:81/sqli/Less-7/?id=1′)) union select 1,group_concat(column_name),3 from information_schema.columns where table_name=’users’ into outfile “/xampp/htdocs/sqli/Less-7/hack4.txt” –+


Hence you can see it contains so many columns inside it I had chosen only two columns for further enumeration.

C1: username

C2: password

At last execute following query to read all username and password inside the table users from inside its column.

http://localhost:81/sqli/Less-7/?id=1′)) union select 1,group_concat(username),group_concat(password)from users into outfile “/xampp/htdocs/sqli/Less-7/hack5.txt” –+


From screenshot you can read the username and password save inside text file.

Note: you can try same attack using excel file; attacker only need to change hack1.txt into hack1.csv which will save the output into excel file.

Author: AArti Singh is a Researcher and Technical Writer at Hacking Articles an Information Security Consultant Social Media Lover and Gadgets. Contact here

CSRF Exploitation using XSS

Hello friends! In our previous article we saw how an attacker can shoot web application against CSRF vulnerability with help of burp suite. Today again we are going to test CSRF attack with help of XSS vulnerability.AS we know taking the help of XSS attacker might be able to reads cookies from the same domain and if CSRF token are stored in cookies then attacker will able to read the CSRF token from CSRF protected post.

Let’s have a look how an attacker can make CSRF attack for changing password of admin account when the web application is suffering from cross site scripting vulnerability. For this tutorial I had used DVWA and set its security level low.

Suppose that you have found XSS vulnerability in any web application server. Here we are going to use java script or HTML script which will make CSRF attack for changing the password of admin account.

An XSS attack can be used to read the cookies and get the valid tokens if it is stored in cookies which have to be inserted in the malicious script to make CSRF possible. Using image tag we will send a malicious script, inside script I had set new password as 123456.

<img src=”/dvwa/vulnerabilities/csrf/?password_new=123456&password_conf=123456&Change=Change”>

Now let’s check whether the password for admin has been changed or not, previously credential was admin: password, if admin get failed to login inside web server using his previous credential then we had successfully made CSRF attack.

From given screenshot you can see using admin: password it confirms login failed. Now use your new password 123456 for login inside web server.

Similarly there is another web application bwapp where we will demonstrate same attack using XSS vulnerability. First you need to chose your bug “cross site scripting Reflected (post)” and set security level low.

In given screenshot the form is suffering from XSS vulnerability now we are going to generate a script for making CSRF possible in order to change password for a user. Here we are login as bee: bug into web server now we will try to change its password with help of cross site scripting.

Similarly using image tag we will send a malicious script, inside script I had set new password as hack.

<img src=”/bwapp/csrf_1.php?password_new=hack&password_conf=hack&action=change”>

From screenshot you can see generated image icon which means this form has XSS flaws now let check whether the password has been modified or not for user bee.

Now use previous credential bee: bug if login failed is confirmed it means we have successfully shoot the CSRF attack and from screenshot you can see “invalid credential or user not activated” message.  Now use new password for login into web server.

Conclusion: XSS vulnerabilities exist anywhere in same domain it could lead to CSRF attack and allows attackers to remotely control the target’s browser with full rights, making CSRF useless.

Author: AArti Singh is a Researcher and Technical Writer at Hacking Articles an Information Security Consultant Social Media Lover and Gadgets. Contact here

Understanding Encoding (Beginner’s guide)

From Wikipedia

This article will describe the different type of process involves in encoding of data.

The term encoded data means wrapped data and the process of encoding is used to transform the data into a different format so that it can be easily understood by different type of system. For example ASCII characters are encoded by means of numbers ‘A’ is represented with 65, where as ‘B’ with 66 an so on.

As we known computer does not understand human languages therefore we need to encode the data into binary language which is easily readable by computer systems hence encoding is very important. It utilises such schemes that are widely available so that it can simply be reversed. Encoding means data transformation, not data encryption consequently it does not need a key in decoding.

URL Encoded

The internet only accepts URL’s in ASCII format, URL encoding entails encoding certain parts of the URL character set. This process takes one character and converts it into a character triplet that has a prefix of “%” followed by two digits in hexadecimal format. 

Character Encoded
: %3A
/ %2F
# %23
? %3F
& %24
@ %40
% %25
+ %2B
<space> %20
; %3B
= %3D
$ %26
, %2C
^ %5E
` %60
\ %5C
[ %5B
] %5D
{ %7B
} %7D
| %7C

Example :

Original URL:

Encoded URL:


Hexadecimal or Base 16 is a positional number system which consists of 16 distinct symbols which range from 0 to 9 in numerals and both upper and lowercase alphabets which range from A to F which represent numeric values 10 to 15

Step 1 – is to get the decimal value of an alphabet, this is different for both upper and lower case, eg: A = 65 and a = 97. In order to find the value of any alphabet, we count down to it from ”A” or “a”, the values are in single digit succession, eg: A = 65 B = 66 C = 67 and so on / a = 97 b = 98 c = 99 and so on.

Step 2 – To convert from decimal to hexadecimal, take the decimal value and divide it by 16, the hex value will be written beginning from the quotient all the way up to the remainder. So, the hex value of 97 will be 61.


16 97 1
6 6
Source R a j
Decimal Value 82 97 106
Hexadecimal value 52 61 6a


Each base64 digit represents exactly 6 bits of data.Is a radix-64 representation of ASCII string, here’s how we get it?

 Step 1 – is to get the decimal value of an alphabet, this is different for both upper and lower case, eg: A = 65 and a = 97. In order to find the value of any alphabet, we count down to it from”A” or “a”, the values are in single digit succession, eg: A = 65 B = 66 C = 67 and so on / a = 97 b = 98 c = 99 and so on.

Step 2 – is to divide the decimal value by 2, where ever there is a reminder it is denoted as “1” and where ever the remainder is “0”, it is denoted as “0”, continue to divide till you reach 0 or 1 and cannot divide any further. The binary value will be the denoted 1’s and 0’s counted from last to first.

Eg:In order to get a 8-bit value we prefix a “0” to the value, eg: 01010010 and this gives us the binary value of “a”.

2 97 1
2 48 0
2 24 0
2 12 0
2 6 0
2 3 1
  1 1

Step 3 – Write the values of all the characters in binary and make pairs of 6 (6-bit), eg: binary value of “Raj” in 8-bit = 010100 100110 000101, binary value of “Raj” in 6-bit = 010100 100110 000101 101010.

Step 4 – Write the 6-bit decimal value of the pairs we make in Step 3 and adding all the values where we have 1’s

32 16 8 4 2 1
0 1 0 1 0 0 20
1 0 0 1 1 0 38
0 0 0 1 0 1 5
1 0 1 0 1 0 42

Step 5 – Use the Base64 table to lookup the values we get in Step 4.

The Base64 index table:

Value Char Value Char Value Char Value Char
0 A 16 Q 32 g 48 w
1 B 17 R 33 h 49 x
2 C 18 S 34 i 50 y
3 D 19 T 35 j 51 z
4 E 20 U 36 k 52 0
5 F 21 V 37 l 53 1
6 G 22 W 38 m 54 2
7 H 23 X 39 n 55 3
8 I 24 Y 40 o 56 4
9 J 25 Z 41 p 57 5
10 K 26 a 42 q 58 6
11 L 27 b 43 r 59 7
12 M 28 c 44 s 60 8
13 N 29 d 45 t 61 9
14 O 30 e 46 u 62 +
15 P 31 f 47 v 63 /

 The Base64 encoded value of Raj is UmFq. Encoded in ASCII, the characters R, a, and j are stored as decimal values 82, 97, and 106, their 8-bit binary values are 01010010, 01100001, and 01101010. These three values are joined together into a 24-bit string, producing 010100100110000101101010. Groups of 6 are converted into individual numbers from left to right. While converting from 8-bit to 6-bit, 0’s are added to fill the last slots, so that a full pair of 6 can be made.

The full conversion of “Raj” to Base64 is shown in Table 1.1 and the individual conversion of “R” and “Ra” of “Raj” are shown in Tables 1.1 and 1.2 to show a breakdown of the process with explanation

Raj                                               82 97 106                             01010010 01100001 01101010

In the Table 1.2, for character “R” of “Raj”, the values in the Bit patternsection are in 8-Bit format and they are being converted into 6-Bit and the decimal value of the 6-Bit pairs are in the Index section.Table 1.1

The same process is repeated in Table 1.3 for characters “R” and “a” of “Raj”.

For each pair of extra 0’s that are added to complete a pair of 6, an “=” is added for each pair, so the ACHII value of “0 0” is “=”.

In table 1.4 to further build on the logic used in table 1.2 and 1.3, “Raaj” is converted to “UmFhag==” in Base64, with the addition of an additional “a”, the complexity of the conversion increases. In the Indexsection we can see an additon of 33, 26 and 32 due to the change in the bit pattern. 

For each pair of extra 0’s that are added to complete a pair of 6, an “=” is added for each pair, so the ACHII value of “0 0” is “=”, as done in table 1.2 and 1.3.


This is a letter substitution cypher, it’s conversion process from plain text to cypher test is dicinging the total number of alphabets in half: A to M and N to Z. The first half mirriors the second half and vice versa. So, A = N and N = A.

Eg: Rot13 of Raj = Enw



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