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Purchased 3/8/2010, received 3/11/2010, finished 3/13/2010.
I bought this NMAP Cookbook along with NMAP Network Scanning, the NMAP Official Book by the developer himself.
This is literally my first book review - never felt strong enough about any other book to warrant such comments before.
For those who want to learn sanitized, no-fluff, specifics on using NMAP - this nearly 200 page "NMAP Cookbook" is a must have, highly recommended resource for any IT/IS Systems Engineer, Administrator or especially Security Professional entering the field.
Having read the book in 2 days, you too should be using NMAP like a Pro within weeks.
Straight forward and right on target with generally Single Page contents highlighting NMAPs command sets, switches, features, options and then providing just the right amount of information without overkill.
Those who prefer lean, direct, point driven directions will probably appreciate this book, just like I do.
On each page, the Author supplies simple content such as;
- Command/Feature/Option, - Summary of its purpose (generally a single sentence), - Sample usage/syntax (exact commands, how a user should use it), - Real world sample of both, the command itself and its anticipated results, - More detailed of a description, - At the bottom, to top it off, you'll likely encounter some "Tips" or "Notes" offering just the right amount of complementary insight.
Personally, this is the best instructional book on a Security Tool I have ever seen - and this from an evaluator with 20yrs of IT/IS experience too.
I completely and fully recommend this resource to everyone interested in learning NMAP, especially those wanting quick, efficient teachings.
The emphasis is on fat-free. There is not a lot of specifics or much detail. The entire book can be read in a matter of hours. It is clearly intended for those with very limited background in the subject matter. Anyone seeking to move beyond the simple basics will be highly disappointed. Just because the book is not a great resource for the professional does not mean that it lacks value, but the buyer should be aware that the book will not provide deep answers or lead the reader to professional knowledge on network scanning or even on the use of NMAP as a scanner, but they will be introduced to the fundamental uses of the program and to network scanning in general.
Chances are that if you are reading this review or planning to buy the book, you already now what nmap is useful for, so I won't get into those details.
"Nmap Cookbook: the fat free guide to network scanning" is a straight to the point book about all the options and switches you can use when doing network and port scanning, with the tool of course. The index has a list of possible scanning methods. You just jump to that particular chapter or topic, and you will find clear examples about how to use the command. Replace IP or hostname, and you're ready to go.
This book is not about theory, how nmap works internally, or combining nmap with other scripting tools or inside any programming code. But if you want to quickly start using the tool, understand the basic syntax, this is the best book for that.
I know there are other manuals online, even the own nmap website, but the beauty of this book relies on the simplicity of paper. For instance, imagine yourself doing a PEN testing on a parking lot, with no wifi or Internet connection at all (besides the one you are assessing) Would you use your own cellphone connection and leave traces of "how to use nmap"? Or ... would you Google something, using your own PEN test laptop, to find the syntax for an specific scanning method, instead of opening the table index of this book and find it yourself? This one is old school, paperbark, does not require batteries or connection whatsoever! Granted, after using the tool thousands of times or more, you probably know the commands already but at that point there is no need for this book and you should be on a different level altogether.
Fantastic manual! Highly recommended for quick and fast solutions on how to use nmap tool.Read more ›
As I stated, the books title says it all. The author begins by describing the intent of the book and what he is going to go over. He then jumps right in and covers many of the regular (and some not so regular) nmap usages. This makes it super easy to work your way through this guide, without getting bogged down in off-topic information. The only reason I am giving 4 stars instead of a full 5 is that I would have liked to see a bit more information other then just basic nmap use. Despite the title of the book and it's design, some extra, on-topic info would have been nice.