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Kali Linux Revealed: Mastering the Penetration Testing Distribution Paperback – June 5, 2017
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About the Author
A Debian developer for more than 20 years and author of the Debian Administrator's Handbook, Raphael Hertzog is the Debian guru in the Kali team. When he isn't working with Kali, he offers his Debian expertise through Freexian, a company he founded. He helps others by building derivatives and custom installers, packaging software for Debian, improving existing packages (by fixing bugs and adding new features), and more.
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I see however that some users were expecting more from this book i.e penetration testing tools. They are not covered in this book. Consider it an official insightful manual of the distribution and not the tools.
This is not a hacking book. You won't learn about pen testing or Metasploit. This is a book to help you get familiar with Kali Linux OS (Which is pretty important if you plan to be using it every day.)
I still believe the book is worth five stars. I was a little mad at myself for purchasing it when it first came out, but I realized that by purchasing the book, I am supporting the company and community. Since its physical publication, they have released a PDF version on their website and an online version, which has actual exercises and questions. My assumption is that those things will better assist individuals who want to pursue the Kali Linux Certified Professional (KLCP) exam.
For those who chose to give the book one and two star ratings and complained about not learning tools, probably should have read the press releases from January 2017 on Offensive Security's website. It is clearly stated that this is about the distribution itself and not the tools that are installed on it. If you want to learn the tools, go to the website for that particular tool and read the documentation. Or Google the tool's name and find endless tutorials on its uses. Not everyone is going to use the tool the same.
If you are still disappointed then save up some money and pursue the OSCP by taking the PWK course. From what I have heard, it is a great course but will still require you to do research and learn things on your own.
I am growing tired of folks that want to have their hands held through every single process. I don't know everything nor does any human being walking the planet. Go out and seek knowledge. Learn what you can, ask questions, make some mistakes, learn from them, and keep trying harder.
I have been a fan of this distro for quite some time. My first experience with Kali was when it was called BackTrack. Since those times, the platform has undergone some pretty significant changes. The Offensive Security Team has done some amazing things for the community and continues to remain an influential entity for penetration testing and security professionals.
With that said, I really enjoyed this book. I received it on Friday evening and skimmed through it in a few hours. It is not a long read at all. For those who already have a handle on Linux in general, some of the content may be a little remedial. Johnny Long's preface takes you on a journey and discusses the beginnings of the distribution. From its humble beginnings as WHoppiX to WHAX, to BackTrack, and now Kali.
If you are expecting to learn how to use the individual tools then you will disappointed. As the authors mention, this book is not going to show you how to conduct an penetration test. This book is meant to show people how to acquire, install, configure, and maintain their setup. First time Linux users will be able to follow along just fine (although I'd say that beginners would be better served if they expanded their knowledge of Linux by using additional resources).
This book does an excellent job of showing how Kali can be deployed in an enterprise environment and even how to customize it to suit an organization or individuals needs. I would put this book in the same company as the Linux Essentials or Red Hat Essentials.