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Gray Hat Hacking The Ethical Hackers Handbook, 3rd Edition [Kindle Edition]

Allen Harper , Shon Harris , Jonathan Ness , Chris Eagle , Gideon Lenkey , Terron Williams
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Thwart malicious network intrusion by using cutting-edge techniques for finding and fixing security flaws. Fully updated and expanded with nine new chapters, Gray Hat Hacking: The Ethical Hacker's Handbook, Third Edition details the most recent vulnerabilities and remedies along with legal disclosure methods. Learn from the experts how hackers target systems, defeat production schemes, write malicious code, and exploit flaws in Windows and Linux systems. Malware analysis, penetration testing, SCADA, VoIP, and Web security are also covered in this comprehensive resource.

  • Develop and launch exploits using BackTrack and Metasploit
  • Employ physical, social engineering, and insider attack techniques
  • Build Perl, Python, and Ruby scripts that initiate stack buffer overflows
  • Understand and prevent malicious content in Adobe, Office, and multimedia files
  • Detect and block client-side, Web server, VoIP, and SCADA attacks
  • Reverse engineer, fuzz, and decompile Windows and Linux software
  • Develop SQL injection, cross-site scripting, and forgery exploits
  • Trap malware and rootkits using honeypots and SandBoxes

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About the Author

Allen Harper, CISSP, a retired Marine Corps Major, is the president and founder of N2NetSecurity, Inc., and a faculty member for the Institute for Applied Network Security, He has worked as a security consultant for the Internal Revenue Service and for Logical Security, LLC.

Shon Harris, CISSP, MCSE, is the president of Logical Security, a security consultant, a former engineer in the Air Force’s Information Warfare unit, an instructor, and a bestselling author. She was recognized as one of the top 25 women in the Information Security field by Information Security Magazine.

Jonathan Ness is a software security engineer at Microsoft. He is a member of an Air National Guard unit where he leads network penetration tests against military facilities across the country and helps define the information warfare aggressor mission for the Air Force.

Chris Eagle is a senior lecturer in the Computer Science Department at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California. A computer engineer/scientist for 25 years, his research interests include computer network attack and defense, computer forensics, and reverse/anti-reverse engineering. He can often be found teaching at Black Hat or spending late nights working on capture the flag at Defcon

Gideon J. Lenkey, CISSP co-founded Ra Security Systems, a network security monitoring and consultancy. He has provided advanced training to the FBI and is the sitting president of the FBI's InfraGard chapter in New Jersey.

Terron Williams, NSA IAM-IEM, CEH, CSSLP, works for Elster Electricity as a Senior Test Engineer with his primary focus on Smart Grid Security. He has served on the editorial board for Hakin9 Magazine.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13180 KB
  • Print Length: 720 pages
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  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 3 edition (5 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ISL4JG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book to own. 9 Feb. 2012
This book is definitely a must have for any computer enthusiast who likes to delve into the understanding of computer security and how it can affect us all.

There is a lot of knowledge to be had in this book, and it is a great reference to fall back on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the security professional 21 April 2014
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I thought security audits were paper exercises until i read this book and it opened my eyes to a whole new world. This is a must have for security professionals. Very easy to read and great examples to follow.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 4 Oct. 2014
By Cari B
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Recommended text for level 3, this is worth having a few copies around college for the interested students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now it begins 23 Jun. 2015
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Incredible book. Well worth getting!
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3.0 out of 5 stars This book needs a reboot with a ruthless editor 28 July 2011
By Richard Bejtlich - Published on
Critical reviews are my least favorite aspect of my Amazon experience, but I believe readers expect me to be honest with them. Gray Hat Hacking, 3rd Ed (GHH3E) has a lot of potential, but it needs a reboot and a ruthless editor. I read and reviewed the original edition 6 1/2 years ago but skipped the 2nd Ed. This 3rd Ed (published in Jan 2011) features several exceptionally talented authors (such as Allen Harper and Chris Eagle), so my expectations remained high. Unfortunately, after finishing the book I had collected a pile of notes that I will try to transform into constructive commentary for a 4th Ed, which I would enjoy seeing!

The GHH team needs to revisit first principles and decide just what it is trying to accomplish. I recommend the authors ditch the first three chapters, or radically concentrate on the ethical disclosure debate. The rest of the so-called legal material reads like a brain dump, almost like a blog post that never finishes. In some cases the authors of the sections stray from their topic, such as the "Vendors Paying More Attention" section on p 71. Cut it out! Be ruthless! Similarly, the section on social engineering (ch 4) needs a major overhaul if it is to survive into the next edition.

Other chapters have issues. Ch 7, on BackTrack, is basically just installation instructions. Ch 17 only devotes 17 pages to Web app security; either remove it or add substantially to the material. Ch 18 is supposed to be about VoIP, but it's mainly a discussion of the VoIPER tool. Ch 19 is supposed to be about SCADA attacks, but it's really just talk of the Autodafe and TFTPFuzz tools. In ch 28, the author doesn't explain how Nepenthes acquires a malware sample, besides letting it run on a cable network for a few weeks. Having deployed Nepenthes I know how it works, but I expect a reader who wants to learn about Nepenthes would want to understand it based on the text he or she bought.

The organization of the book needs an overhaul too. It seems to promote a progress of less complicated to more complicated, but at this point it needs to be reconstructed in a fourth edition. Why does Part IV, Vulnerability Analysis, follow Part III, Exploiting? Doesn't exploiting require doing vulnerability analysis? In other cases, material seems redundant. Ch 28 and ch 29 cover similar material but are likely by different authors; I recommend combining them and dropping duplicate material.

For me, some of the chapters are on the right track and could lead the fourth edition to a more solid foundation. I recommend expanding Ch 16 (featuring nice coverage of a .pdf exploit). I would really like to see a chapter or more on Javascript for malicious purposes. Overall, I think the GHH team could be very successful if they looked for topics not covered in other books, and addressed those issues in GHH4E. Why try to summarize coding in C, assembly, Python, etc., into a chapter, when other subjects (like Javascript for the hacker/analyst) aren't really explained in any other book? Similarly, it's probably not necessary to cover social engineering, BackTrack, or Metasploit now that individual books are devoted to those concepts.

There's a lot of good technical information in GHH3E, but I don't see myself recommending it to analysts in a CIRT or similar group. I think if the book rebooted with a focus on specialized material not found elsewhere, leveraging the talents of people like Harper and Allen, GHH4E would be THE book to buy on those topics.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Gray" sums it up nicely 6 Dec. 2011
By SenseiC - Published on
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I had this as a supporting text along with "legend" (William Stallings) "Internetworking with TCP/IP" text for a graduate course on Advanced Networks and Network Security.

I agree with many of the reviews that several of the chapters needed some more significant editorial review just to deliver topics in a clear and concise manner. That said I also completely disagree with the "for white hats by white hats" characterization. The book offers reasonably good overviews of numerous topics plus realistic examples of how most penetration attempts unfold. It also offers an appropriate discussion without "rendering judgement" about the nuances and conflicting interests surrounding defect disclosures and/or remediation (patches).

While versions constantly evolve, GHH would do well to include/add/expand on Linux "pen testing" distributions (BackTrack, Network Security Toolkit, security tools distribution, etc.), but not really spend much time on the mundane (installing, Live images, etc.) and more on which tools prove the most effective (The powers Metasploit can unleash should scare just about anyone!).

I also find it somewhat surprising with the pervasiveness of malware that only two chapters of the book focus on malware. Likewise I find it amazing that the book has a "one-chapter 'chat' on programming" (so often poor code exposes/provides the exploitation vector), but doesn't even mention CWE (Common Weakness Enumeration), etc. except as a footnote/reference.

As always the "Kindle edition" of a book leaves much to desire (especially the PC/Tablet "version" of the reader software). Someday someone at Amazon will look at an well-designed Adobe PDF and say, "Oh! I get it."

SenseiC bows out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, relevant book that is no fluff 10 Oct. 2013
By Jason Z. - Published on
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I just got done reading this book and I was quite impressed. I've read many other books on the same subjects and this handbook delivers the material without all the fluff. It shows the most popular (some of the most effective) tools and how they are used. I really love Ch. 6 about the "Insider Attacks" as it shows from start to finish how an attacker could leverage themselves as a domain admin with relative ease. While there are books alone written for each chapter this handbook sums each chapter up in a clear concise way especially if you are already a bit familiar with the tools and techniques. I would say that this book isn't written for a novice or someone who hasn't already have great understand of basic networking (TCP/IP) or systems experience.

There are excellent chapters about exploits, shellcodes and how to write and use them as well as some excellent examples of each. As with any book like this it is important to practice the techniques in a lab to have the info "stick". Overall, one of the more interesting books I've read that is not like the typical chapters you would see in a book related to becoming a "Certified Ethical Hacker".
5.0 out of 5 stars Wealth of information -- beyond the basics. 17 Dec. 2014
By Dennis S. Furr - Published on
This is an excellent book written for today. The issues listed in this book is very current and allows the reader to gain very practical knowledge around current security issues while gaining knowledge that can be applied regardless of future events. General knowledge, and specific knowledge is shared. How to run a social engineering attack tells you what to expect when someone runs a social engineering attack against your organization.

The book also covers several well known tools that every admin should be aware of for use in Hacking.
I recommend getting this book and sharing it with the system admin and security team of any company. Several aspects are basic, but all areas covered are important to those charged with defending their networks.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK 30 May 2013
By Dennis Schillinger - Published on
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This book was perfect for my class. I was able to find what I needed to help me through it.
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