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Comprehensive, but shows its age
on 20 February 2011
Hacking Exposed provides comprehensive coverage of the topic of network security. It is less of a 'hands-on' guide, preferring to discuss a wide range of tools and techniques rather than providing a tutorial in the use of particular tools. However, it does provide a starting point and reference to enable you to investigate these yourself.
One issue with the book, that I kept being reminded of, is that it is an updated version of something first written over 10 years ago. This problem seemed to appear most obviously in the guidance on countermeasures, e.g. warning that disabling TCP/T may be undesirable, despite the fact that this unusual TCP extension has never seen any significant adoption, and advising contacting InterNIC about information shown in whois, reflecting the domain name industry as it was a decade ago rather than how it operates today.