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How To Install and Use OWASP Mantra – Kali Linux

Web Penetration Testing – Installing and Running OWASP Mantra

OWASP Mantra – Kali Linux

People in OWASP Mantra (Open Web Application Security Project) have put together a Mozilla Firefox mod with plenty of add-ons aimed at helping penetration testers and developers to test web applications for bugs or security flaws.

In this recipe, we will install OWASP-Mantra in our Kali Linux, run it for the first time, and see some of its features.

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Most of the web application penetration testing is done through a web browser; that’s the reason why we need to have one with the correct set of tools to perform such a task.

The OWASP Mantra includes a collection of add-ons to perform tasks, such as:

  • Sniffing and intercepting HTTP requests
  • Debugging client-side code
  • Viewing and modifying cookies
  • Gathering information about sites and applications

OWASP Mantra on Kali Linux

Fortunately for us, OWASP Mantra is included in the default Kali Linux repositories. So, to make sure that we get the latest version of the browser, we need to update the packages list:

root@kali:~# apt-get update

How to Use OWASP Mantra

1. Open a terminal and run:

root@kali:~# apt-get install owasp-mantra-ff

2. After the installation is finished, navigate to menu: Applications | 03 – Web Application Analysis | Web Vulnerability Scanners | owasp-mantra-ff to start Mantra for the first time. Or use a terminal with the following command:

root@kali:~# owasp-mantra-ff

3. With the new browser open, click on the OWASP logo and then Tools. Here we can access all the tools that OWASP Mantra includes.

4. We will use some of these tools in later Tutorials.

If you have encountered a problem or you have any questions or remarks please feel free to set a comment.

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  1. OWASP Mantra

    OWASP Mantra was first launched in ClubHACK 2010. At one point in time, we made it to official repositories of two major pen-testing distributions – BackTrack and Matriux. There were thrilling moments when we go to conferences and people say ‘we love OWASP Mantra’. Sometimes, we will be watching a PoC video or tutorial and there we spot Mantra and that used to take us to heavens. We would like to say thanks to all of you for using Mantra, for spreading the word, for all the support and motivation you gave us.
    All good thing comes to an end. OWASP Mantra will no longer be actively developed or updated.

    As a good-bye gift, we are in the process of putting together a document that would outline ‘how you can build your own Mantra’. It would be a step-by-step document for making a browser-for-penetration-testing.

    ~ OWASP Mantra Team

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