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Should not be a hacking exposed book
, August 7, 2008
This review is from: Hacking Exposed Linux, 3rd Edition (Paperback)
Bitterly disappointed with this book.
Whilst if you are looking for a book on how to secure a Linux system it would make a very useful book as it does include up-to-date information about doing so, it absolutely does not inform you how to actually hack a Linux system. Which would be fine if it was not a "Hacking Exposed" book.
The first 50 pages are an advertisement for ISECOM and OSSTMM and nothing really to do with Linux specifically.
Local Privilege escalation - for Linux most people would think this will make up a good chunk of the book, in fact it takes up about 2 pages, followed by around 6 pages on how to stop it - end of subject; it is never mentioned again.
The largest chapters in the book are PSTN, ISDN and X.25 hacking closely followed by Wireless Hacking. Looking to exploit FTP, SSH, RPC, RLOGIN, TELNET etc?...the book does not cover them from a hacking point of view. Even a search in the index for rlogin reveals zero results.
In short if you are thinking about buying this book to learn how to hack Linux - by the older version of Hacking Exposed Linux that was released in 2000. If you are looking for a book about securing Linux then this is certainly a book that will be useful to you.
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