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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress (November 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597492132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597492133
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would like to thank my family foremost, my mother and father, Lynda and Billy Bayles, for supporting me and putting up with my many quirks. My wife Jennifer is a never-ending source of comfort and strength that backs me up whenever I need it, even if I don't know it. The people who have helped me learn my craft have been numerous, and I don't have time to list them all. All of you from SHSU Computer Services and Computer Science, Falcon Technologies, SAIC, the DC Metro bunch, and Sentigy know who you are and how much you have helped me, my most sincere thanks. I would like to thank J0hnny as well for inviting me to contribute to this book. If I kept learning INFOSEC for the next 20 years, I doubt I would be able to match wits and technique with J0hnny, Chris, Mike P., and the other authors of this fine book.

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Aaron W. Bayles, is a senior security consultant with Sentigy, Inc. of Houston, Texas. He currently provides service to Sentigy's clients with penetration testing, vulnerability assessment, and risk assessments for enterprise networks. He has over 9 years experience with INFOSEC, with specific experience with wireless security, penetration testing, and incident response. Aaron's background includes work as a senior security engineer with SAIC in Virginia and Texas. He is also the lead author of the Syngress book, "InfoSec Career Hacking, Sell your Skillz, Not Your Soul." Aaron has provided INFOSEC support and penetration testing for multiple agencies in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, such as the Financial Management Service and Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Department of Homeland Security, such as U. S. Customs and Border Protection. He holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Computer Science with post-graduate work in Embedded Linux Programming from Sam Houston State University.

Chris Hurley is a Senior Penetration Tester in the Washington, DC area. He has more than 10 years of experience performing penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, and general INFOSEC grunt work. He is the founder of the WorldWide WarDrive, a four-year project to assess the security posture of wireless networks deployed throughout the world. Chris was also the original organizer of the DEF CON WarDriving contest. He is the lead author of WarDriving: Drive, Detect, Defend (Syngress Publishing, ISBN: 19318360305). He has contributed to several other Syngress publications, including Penetration Tester's Open Source Toolkit (ISBN: 1-5974490210), Stealing the Network: How to Own an Identity (ISBN: 1597490067), InfoSec Career Hacking (ISBN: 1597490113), and OS X for Hackers at Heart (ISBN: 1597490407). He has a BS from Angelo State University in Computer Science and a whole bunch of certifications to make himself feel important.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Raul on July 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
Penetration testing is definitely a recommended security discipline that helps you find real vulnerabilities and security wholes before the adversary does. This book is a reference guide of the different penetration testing stages and considerations, covering a wide range of technologies and tools. It is just focused on open-source and freely available tools, and do not include any commercial counterparts, like Core Impact or the specialized Web application testing suites. Perhaps this is a good addition for a future edition without the "open-source" term on its title.

The wide scope of the book is one of the reasons why it is not extremely cutting-edge and does not go into the deep details required to master each topic covered. I completely understand it is not possible to create such a book (at least with less than 9999 pages), covering a wide range of topics and including in-depth details. Overall, this book is a good reference guide (in fact one of the few generic references) that will open the door for more advanced knowledge from other books focused on specific areas, such as wireless, Web applications, databases, etc.

Something that can be quickly appreciated is the involvement of multiple authors, as the quality and look and feel of chapters varies. I specially liked the first two chapters, focused on Recon, Enumeration and Scanning. Even if you're an experience pen-tester, I've been doing penetration tests since 2000, you can easily identify the positive SensePost influence on these chapters, and the section contains valuable tips and tricks. At some extent, the "you always have something new to learn" principle applies here.

The book is really good emphasizing best practices and suggestions from a professional pen-testing perspective.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James B. Tumy Jr. on October 22, 2008
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Chris does a great job of laying out the steps and procedures in an incremental format. Also, the layout of the book (Chapters) is in the order one would conduct a penetration test, which is very useful to someone that is learning the trade. I liked the tie-in with the backtrack cd. The command line screenshots make it a very usable reference guide. I imagine this book will stay within arms reach for a long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Munya on March 3, 2010
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Even though we are on BT4 final, this is still a good book to have and keep, Backtrack Linux rocks.
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