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Keys to the Kingdom: Impressioning, Privilege Escalation, Bumping, and Other Key-Based Attacks Against Physical Locks Paperback – October 8, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1597499835 ISBN-10: 1597499838 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress; 1 edition (October 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597499838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597499835
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ollam writes in a clear-cut and systematic manner, describing all of the details needed...For those who perform physical penetration testing, [this].book will prove to be invaluable."--Slashdot.com and RSA Conference

About the Author

Deviant Ollam's first and strongest love has always been teaching. A graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology's Science, Technology, and Society program, he is always fascinated by the interplay that connects human values and social trends to developments in the technical world. While earning his BS degree at NJIT, Deviant also completed the History degree program federated between that institution and Rutgers University. While paying the bills as a security auditor and penetration testing consultant with The CORE Group, Deviant is also a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. division of TOOOL, The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers. Every year at DEFCON and ShmooCon, Deviant runs the Lockpick Village, and he has conducted physical security training sessions at Black Hat, DeepSec, ToorCon, HackCon, ShakaCon, HackInTheBox, CanSecWest, ekoparty, and the United States Military Academy at West Point. His favorite Amendments to the U.S. Constitution are, in no particular order, the 1st, 2nd, 9th, and 10th.

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You WILL learn some new things in this book.
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Explanations are clear and the illustrations are in color, making it super easy to follow.
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I read the entire book twice before I posted this review.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ben Rothke on December 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
It is well known that the password, while the most widespread information security mechanism, is also one of the most insecure. It comes down to the fact that the average person can't create and maintain secure passwords.

When it comes to physical locks, the average lock on your home and in your office is equally insecure. How insecure it in? In a fascinating book on the topic, Deviant Ollam writes in Keys to the Kingdom: Impressioning, Privilege Escalation, Bumping, and Other Key-Based Attacks Against Physical Locks that it is really not that difficult.

In Keys to the Kingdom: Impressioning, Privilege Escalation, Bumping, and Other Key-Based Attacks Against Physical Locks, Deviant Ollam shares his passion for lock picking, which is manifest throughout the books.

Ollam is a member of The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers (TOOOL), a group whose goal is to advance the general public knowledge about locks and lock picking. TOOLS mantra is that the more that people know about lock technology, the better they are capable of understanding how and where certain weaknesses are present. This makes them well-equipped to participate in sport picking endeavors and also helps them simply be better consumers in the marketplace, making decisions based on sound fact and research. In this work, Ollam stays true to that mantra.

Chapter 2 of the book is on soft medium attacks and is particularly fascinating. Ollam writes of mold-and-cast attacks, which is a technique of opening a lock by covertly copying a legitimate key by making a cast of it in a soft material, then using it to imprint and fabricate a working key. Such a technique was used in real-life and detailed in the 1979 movie The First Great Train Robbery.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laurent D on October 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is the next step to every lock picking book you have ever read. There are many books on lock picking but Keys to the Kingdom is beyond lockpicking. This book contains rare and very well described information on bumping and key escalation, soft medium impressioning etc. Explanations are clear and the illustrations are in color, making it super easy to follow.

I think the intended audience of this books are people familiar with lock picking because techniques are more advanced. If you have no familiarity with the inner working of a lock, the excellent "Practical LockPicking" (by Deviant Ollam) would be a better read. If you can disassemble a lock in the dark and feel a special thrill every time your key opens a lock, Keys to the Kingdom is definitely for you.

I very strongly recommend this book.
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Very well-written, useful illustrations throughout. Doesn't recycle material from earlier books. An excellent read, highly recommended as a follow-on from more introductory work by Ollam.
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Keys to the Kingdom: Impressioning, Privilege Escalation, Bumping, and Other Key-Based Attacks Against Physical Locks by Deviant Ollam is an excellent source of information. It's informative, well written & humorous at times. I highly recommend this book!!
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