Violent Python: A Cookbook for Hackers, Forensic Analysts, Penetration Testers and Security Engineers 1st Edition
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"An information security specialist with the US Army, O'Connor introduces the hacker's programming language Python to new users, and describes some advanced features to those who already know it." --Reference and Research Book News, August 2013
"A quick glance at [the authors] collective credentials and experience undoubtedly creates high expectations for this title… The end result is that the book demonstrates how powerful just a few dozen lines of Python code can be… useful tips and tricks will surely be acquired simply by working through the exercises." --The Ethical Hacker Network, February 2013
"Violent Python is an excellent resource that develops and enhances a diverse set of security-related Python skills. The book also serves as a great reference, where recipes could be quickly implemented to address specific issues as they arise. Readers who are actively working in an InfoSec position will likely be able to put their newly acquired skills to use immediately, and those looking to break into the field will acquire skills that differentiate themselves from others who are dependent on prebuilt tools. This title is highly recommended for anyone who wants to improve his or her Python skills within the InfoSec realm." --The Ethical Hacker Network, February 2013
"When it comes to Python and penetration testing, TJ O'Connor is the grand Python master. This is the book that keeps on giving. From building penetration testing Python scripts, to antivirus-evading penetration testing malware, to interrogating the Windows Registry and investigating other forensic artifacts...O'Connor masterfully walks the reader from basic to advanced penetration testing techniques with sample code throughout." --Ove Carroll, SANS Certified Instructor, Co-Author of SANS Forensics 408 - Windows In Depth
"Violent Python is chalked full of practical examples and is for all security professionals. It covers the spectrum - knowledge for pen testers to forensic analysts, beginner to advanced and offensive to defensive tasks. If you are involved in information security and are looking for a Python book, this is an excellent source." --James Shewmaker, Security Analyst, Bluenotch Corporation
"The best hackers know when to write their own tools. Violent Python is a very relevant collection of examples to seed your personal hacking toolbox. From offensive actions to digital forensics, this book has useful bits for everyone." --Raphael Mudge, Creator of Armitage
Discover how to use Python to exploit systems and build effective pen testing tools to defend your system from attackers
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As someone with about 5 years of experience with python, I definitely wouldn’t recommend this to a beginner.
I’ve gone through chapter 1 and 2 so far, and am about to throw this in the trash. A lot of the programs don’t actually run right away, or worse, are wrong for what the author is describing.
Being written in python2 is not that big a deal but it would be nice if it was in 3 instead. Overall, I guess I’m going to have to find another book.
Certainly a 'Cookbook' in format. Nice snippets of code that will have to be implemented in your own special way.
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In terms of what it teaches you, there is a nice wide range of techniques and tools widely used in pen testing/exploitation with good progress in examples to show how each part of a program is pieced together for the end result.
In summary, I feel this is great book for anyone(in terms of programming capabilities, but it definitely helps to have some experience) and is nice starter into pen testing/network analysis.
There are lots of examples of usage with many ideas for coding projects. The author starts with an intro to Python's syntax and functions for those new to Python.
I would recommend this to any one from pentesters to students of networking and computer science. An easy 5 stars.
I'd advise that if you are new to this then you will want to look around on Google for advice on setting up a virtual pen-test environment using Kali, metasploitable and a vulnerable windows system.
Try the rather excellent "Learn Python the Hard Way" by Zed Shaw instead.
However, if like me, you need a great follow up book it is awesome.
Real world, practical examples which were great for building on a foundation.
This was the practical real world examples that I was looking for to up my Python skills.