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Writing Security Tools and Exploits Paperback – Illustrated, March 11, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1597499972 ISBN-10: 9781597499972 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 650 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress; 1 edition (March 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781597499972
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597499972
  • ASIN: 1597499978
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James C. Foster, Fellow, is the Deputy Director of Global Security Solution Development for Computer Sciences Corporation where he is responsible for the vision and development of physical, personnel, and data security solutions. Preceding CSC, Foster was the Director of Research and Development for Foundstone Inc. and was responsible for all aspects of product, consulting, and corporate R&D initiatives. Prior to joining Foundstone, Foster was an Executive Advisor and Research Scientist with Guardent Inc. and an adjunct author at Information Security Magazine, subsequent to working as Security Research Specialist for the Department of Defense. Foster is also a well published author with multiple commercial and educational papers; and has authored, contributed, or edited for major publications to include Snort 2.1 Intrusion Detection (Syngress, ISBN: 1-931836-04-3), Hacking Exposed, Fourth Edition, Anti-Hacker Toolkit, Second Edition, Advanced Intrusion Detection, Hacking the Code: ASP.NET Web Application Security (Syngress, ISBN: 1-932266-65-8), Anti-Spam Toolkit, Google Hacking for Penetration Techniques (Syngress, ISBN: 1-931836-36-1), and Sockets, Shellcode, Porting and Coding (Syngress ISBN: 1-597490-05-9).

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Marco De Vivo on December 28, 2005
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Would like just to tell how good this book is (and it is indeed), but I am very disappointed by the fact that no CD is actually included and the companion Web site doesn't seem to exist either. !!

The Editorial review claims:

"The book is accompanied with a companion Web site containing both commented and uncommented versions of the source code examples presented throughout the book. In addition to the book source code, the CD also contains a copy of the author-developed Hacker Code Library v1.0."

Well, sorrily, that's NOT true.

Perhaps this confusion is due to changes resulting from the merge of Syngress with ORA, but still not fair with buyers.

Otherwise, if you, like me, are a researcher (or just interested) in the "secure code" area, then buy the book in spite of all.

By far it is the very best book written about these issues. Best in the sense of most useful. Well designed organized, with in deep study of vulnerabilities and associated exploit codes. Shellcode is explained in a rich and fresh way and the Why, How and When of shellcode are explained under an integrated framework.

NASL and MSF are explained and used in detailed and useful examples, and IMHO, this book presents the most easy, clear and condensed explanation about the Race Conditions, Format Strings, and Buffer Overflows problems I ever read yet.

Warning: Not an entry level book. You need to be familiar with several software and hardware architecture concepts to obtain full benefits from it.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dan McKinnon VINE VOICE on April 24, 2006
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If you are an IT professional that needs to learn more about security exploitation and how people can get in and abuse your system, this is a great book for this purpose. Very technical book, not for beginners!!

If you work in IT and want to learn about how to keep the hackers out, this text is a worthwhile read for you

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Vincent Liu (CISSP) is a Partner at Bishop Fox (formerly Stach & Liu), a security consulting firm providing services to the Fortune 500, global financial institutions, and high-tech startups. In this role, he oversees firm strategy, practice development, and client matters.

Vincent is a recognized expert with regular columns in Dark Reading and SecurityWeek. He has presented at Black Hat, ToorCon, InfoSec World, SANS, and Microsoft BlueHat. In addition to regularly being cited by the press, Vincent has been interviewed and quoted in Al Jazeera, USA Today, NPR, and CSO Magazine. He has also co-authored several industry best-selling books, including: Hacking Exposed Wireless 1st and 2nd Edition; Hacking Exposed Web Applications 3rd Edition, and most recently Web Application Security: A Beginner's Guide.

Prior to founding Bishop Fox, Vincent led the Attack & Penetration team for the Global Security unit at Honeywell International. Before that, he was a consultant with the Ernst & Young Advanced Security Centers and an analyst at the National Security Agency.

Vincent holds a Bachelor of Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Computer Science and Engineering and a minor in Psychology.

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