- Paperback: 912 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (September 27, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118026470
- ISBN-13: 978-1118026472
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 74 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Since you're a new-learner for some advanced stuff, you need to do it on the lab. First, you pay 35$ (yes there is minimum credit requirement for 5 credits for your first order(!)) but for example when you're stuck in an example and can't finish your experiment, you kind of waste your very expensive credits. The feeling that you are missing something is bad because you know you can't afford (7$ per hour, really!) till all things are clear!
Also there isn't any 'pause your session' option for your lab sessions. If you start, you must finish it! This is ridiculous...
I want to be optimistic about labs; yeah, there are fees for servers and bandwidth, but I think, if their plan is teaching good rather than making more money, they could provide all the ASP.NET source codes and problem solutions for the labs on their site, but it isn't.
As a result; give it a chance, it has some great content in it but this lab things will make you nervous.
Step 1. Locate all instances within the application where hidden form fields, cookies, and URL parameters are apparently being used to transmit data via the client.
Step 2. Attempt to determine or guess the role that the item plays in the a application's logic, based on the context in which it appears and on clues such as the parameter's name.
Step 3. Modify the item's value in ways that are .... and so on.
Ok. So I THINK I found what I was looking for but I'm not 100% sure. How do I find the answers to make sure. ??????
So the BIGGEST problem for me with each of these "hack steps" is that there isn't an answer key. They should have something like "You should have found <answer here> on this page by performing these steps. Maybe something on the lab site to show you or pictures or something. Nothing is found for this for their labs. Showing an automated slide of them performing it would of helped.
So once you hit chapter 4 you better buckle up because like another reviewer said it gets C.I.P.U. (clear if previously understood) real quick. Great book for intermediate-advanced people with webapp/security experience. I certainly wouldn't recommend it for beginners. I am still going through it but I thought the labs were really discouraging. The material is great and very relevant though. I think the labs could of done a lot better in my opinion.
I think this is still worth a look if you're interested in the theory beyond cyber security and you didn't take a college level class in it. I'm honestly not sure if it would help 99% of people out there to get into pen testing. However, it should help you become a good system admin.
The middle of the book gets much more specific showing "Hack Steps" for different components like the client side, sessions, databases, and authentication.
For readers interested in the testing the techniques there is a website offered by the book but it costs $7 an hour to play around on the site. This fee is for keeping the website running apparently, but I thought it would make more sense to have a monthly fee. I did not subscribe to this site myself though because I was more interested in getting a broad overview of website security.
The book is showing its 2011 publication date in some places. For example, IE and Firefox are said to be the dominant browsers while Chrome is a minor player. Additionally, Flash and Silverlight are spoken of as being components of many websites. One issue was I was not really sure where techniques might be outdated and others are still relevant.
I would definitely be interested in a 3rd edition for this book. The authors presented a solid foundation for learning about website security.