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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449902529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449902520
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is easy to read and understand.
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I will recommend this book to anyone in the security field.
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Wow, I am new to Nmap and this book has help me a lot.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Hebert on March 13, 2010
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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.

Good Luck and Enjoy!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Charles Profitt on November 7, 2010
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I am a computer professional who uses nmap to scan my network for anomalies. Overall the book added to my knowledge of how to use nmap. I particularly found the following chapters useful:

Chapter 4: Advanced Scanning Options
Chapter 5: Port Scanning Options
Section 9: Output Options
Section 13: ndiff
Section 14: Tips and Tricks

The nmap cheat sheet is also very valuable and is available for download.

There was also excellent chapters on avoiding firewall and other topics that would be more interesting to those doing pentesting.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Best on March 10, 2010
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Great book! Simplifies the plethora of Nmap options in an easy to read format. Will definitely keep this reference guide with me at all times.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Folden on December 30, 2012
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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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Crisler on February 23, 2011
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This text is a series of commands and explanations of those commands. This book is not a novel about the function or theory behind how nmap works. That information should be found online or in another book.
This is a great fast introduction and/or reference book and nothing more. This book does exactly as the title suggests, it provides an NMAP Cookbook.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. C. Marshall on August 1, 2010
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While not as comprehensive as the book by "Fyodor," this is a carefully laid out no-frills introduction to NMAP. The structure of the book makes it both a wonderful reference book and an excellent learning tool for effectively using this powerful tool for network penetration testing.

In each instance the purpose of the command is overviewed, the syntax of the command is presented, and possible applications of the command are discussed.

If you want to move past the restrictive environment of the NMAP graphical user interface, this straight-forward and very direct presentation of NMAP at the command line is a perfect pathway.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R00k on February 11, 2011
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If you've ever looked at the "official" nmap book, it is clearly the most comprehensive book that you'll be able to find on the tool. Unfortunately, it's also alot of material to wade through. The nmap cookbook is much more focused on just getting you going on the tool and giving you the basic info that you'll need to do so. A good reference and recommended. I was kind of aprehensive when I opened the package and noticed that it was self published, but the author did a good job on that bit also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Francisco Bustamante on January 5, 2014
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I found this book really helpful. It reviews every option of the scanner and gives you examples of when and how to use it. Excellent reference book. I haven't read the official reference book so don't have idea which one is better but they may be similar
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