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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 2nd edition (1 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071836489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071836487
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Matt Walker, CEH, CPTS, CNDA, CCNA, MCSE, is an IT security architect for Hewlett-Packard at Kennedy Space Center. He has held a variety of networking and IT security positions, including most recently the IT security manager position at Marshall Space Flight Center (SAIC contract) and Kennedy Space Center (Lockheed Martin contract).

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This book is excellent when it comes to studying for the CEHv8 certification. In the exam there were no surprises, ie all the answers were topics covered in the book. My main gripe however are the small mistakes that are in the book. The more you understand the topic the more you see little mistakes (one or two mistakes were quite big mistakes).

The easy method of writing went down well. A book you could almost read as a novel.
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Very high level book on hacking but probably what you need for the CEH exam. Well written and NOT boring.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Author clueful, "paper certs" are still certs, but this book gives more than that 5 Sept. 2014
By Cyber Gandalf - Published on
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I got this book based solely on the terrible review from "Bob" about how the author has "paper certs", blah blah blah. I wanted to see it for myself. I can honestly say that after reading this book from cover to cover that every single complaint Bob made was dead wrong. Not just on the page numbers, since that was obviously copy pasta from his review on the first version, but every topic and complaint he had was missing from this version. Clearly Bob did NOT purchase this book and was still basing everything on the first one. His review should summarily be removed as completely irrelevant to the product reviewed.

Now, on to my ACTUAL review:

If you simply want a resource to pass the exam for some checkbox on your résumé or whatever, this book will work. If you also want to learn more about the actual field and job of a penetration tester, this book will definitely give you that. Matt's writing style was fantastic, and very engaging. I've read a LOT of other certification books and this one blows every one of them out of the water. I was learning and enjoying it. His tone, his examples, his "flow" if you will, were spot on for teaching a subject that could very easily be very dry (just check out the official courseware for this exam if you want an idea).

Matt gives plenty of information and resources for learning beyond just what was in the exam. He also points out things that are no longer current, but still need to be known for the exam. It helps to know when things are no longer relevant, that's the info that can be filed and dumped as soon as you pass the exam. But the actual knowledge transfer the author gives is spot on for the test AND the job.

Many reviews I've seen complain about the exam and knock points off their review for this book because of that. Sometimes I wonder if you should have to take a class before you are allowed to review something. It's like the people that rate a product down because they didn't like the seller's policy rather than the actual product. But I digress... Yes, this book could have more information, especially on things like PCI DSS and some of the risk management areas, but like he says several times IN the book, this should not be your ONLY resource. Unless this is your job and you already have tons of experience, then this might do just fine.

Bottom line: the book is well written, goes above and beyond what you need for the exam (for the most part), and is a very entertaining read, which helps when trying to pay attention. You still need one or more resources to pass the exam, experience being one of those.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Not perfect but it's still better reading than the official courseware 23 July 2014
By trueshrew - Published on
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This book is more succinct and more useful than the official EC-Council courseware books for CEH v8. I read this book before attending a CEH boot camp and felt like a CEH prodigy compared to my classmates. Without the book I probably wouldn't have passed the CEH exam.

Although I lack reviewer Bob's experience, I think the publisher needs to add an errata page for the book on the McGraw Hill web site. There were some errors in the end of chapter practice questions.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
this is an excellent resource, coupled with DeFino 21 July 2014
By ashlajaz - Published on
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I'll give 5 stars to the first edition for CEHv7 but 4 stars for CEHv8 on 2nd Edition, only because the exam changed gears.
I've taken both, and both editions are "on target" for v7. In v8, however, I passed again, having one of the "several timed sections on one topic" version of the exam, rather than all questions in one sitting version of exam. You do still need to know the major tools listed: how to use, expected results and how to interpret results.
The reason I drop the 2nd edition to 4 stars (I wish I could give 4.5) is because:
- I did not expect and got blindsided by almost 20% of the exam hitting on PKI/digital certificates/identity management. I will suggest an expansion on PKI, et al to a full chapter. In the meantime, please find a supplemental source to study these before you take your exam.
- There were also a few (<5) questions on a specific "free" testing methodology that self-promotes 6 of its own certifications and related training programs (which of course cost money), and which article Wikipedia yanked in 2011 for spammy self-promotion. I do hope that this addition to v8 gets reconsidered and removed from future versions of the CEH by the EC|Council. I've only seen 2 pages or so on this in two recent books, hardly drawing your attention to it, and not in depth.
- Web security questions require more actual knowledge of securing a web page, as one would obtain from the OWASP project pages, and "hands-on" practice doing so. Please also do supplemental study with OWASP materials.
- There was also one chapter area that was surprising completely missing on my v8 exam.
- Finally, there were no PowerPoint pictures on the exam (a distractor in v7 exam), and more "soft" questions without code samples.

Matt Walker's 2nd edition could be revised to cover these areas, or an addendum posted on a forum such as Still, this is an excellent resource, coupled with DeFino. The Gregg book is also a good supplement. Do download the extra online McGraw-Hill LearnKey exam as referenced in the book, and/or the Practice Tests book. Do the same for the online exams mentioned in the other two book sources. With those, plus a PKI study source, and OWASP / hands-on web security, you'll do fine on the exam -- whichever version you receive.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Took the CEHv8 course, learned the material mostly from this book 14 Aug. 2014
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Great book, read it cover to cover and did all the practice problems. Very easy reading because Matt makes everything clear and concise. I like how he also talks about real world stuff vs. what to know for the exam.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Errors... 14 Jan. 2015
By Paul H. Lee - Published on
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There are lots of errors. I assume the previous version of the book was revised so a lot of words/commands from it hasn't been correctly changed to match. Great resource to study, but it only covers 80% of the actual CEH content. You would probably need to study practice exam by Matt Walker as well to pass CEH.
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