Black Hat GraphQL (No Starch Press)
Monday, 19 June 2023

This book, subtitled "Attacking Next Generation APIs", is aimed at anyone interested in learning how to break and protect GraphQL APIs with the aid of offensive security testing. Dolev Farhi and Nick Aleks say that penetration testers, security analysts, and software engineers will all learn how to attack GraphQL APIs, develop hardening procedures, build automated security testing into development pipeline, and validate controls, all with no prior exposure to GraphQL required.


Following an introduction to core concepts, you’ll build your lab, explore the difference between GraphQL and REST APIs, run your first query, and learn how to create custom queries.

Author: Dolev Farhi and Nick Aleks
Publisher: No Starch Press
Date: May 2023
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-1718502840
Print: 1718502842
Kindle: B0B7Q8BYG1
Audience: People interested in security
Level: Intermediate
Category: Security

Topics covered:

  • Use data collection and target mapping to learn about targets  
  • Defend APIs against denial-of-service attacks and exploit insecure configurations in GraphQL servers to gather information on hardened targets
  • Impersonate users and take admin-level actions on a remote server
  • Uncover injection-based vulnerabilities in servers, databases, and client browsers
  • Exploit cross-site and server-side request forgery vulnerabilities, as well as cross-site WebSocket hijacking, to force a server to request sensitive information on your behalf
  • Dissect vulnerability disclosure reports and review exploit code to reveal how vulnerabilities have impacted large companies


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