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5.0 out of 5 stars In depth security info from a "real" hackers point of view.
"Maximum Security" is by far the best security related book for people interested in security who have a "basic" knowledge in computers. This book is good for sysadmins. Unfortunately, it allows for danger of malicious users to take advantage of the info. I can tell that this books was written by a "real" hacker. This individual(aka...
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1.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for any administrator's bookshelf
This book has nearly 1000 web links to more detailed information on specific topics ... pick ANY 20 of these links, and you've just got your money's worth - tenfold.
It is certainly legitimate to say that this book AIDS the cracker-wannabe. But NOT ONCE in this book does the author point out a cracker scheme WITHOUT countering it with common-sense protection OR...
Published on 25 Oct 1998


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5.0 out of 5 stars In depth security info from a "real" hackers point of view., 29 July 1999
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"Maximum Security" is by far the best security related book for people interested in security who have a "basic" knowledge in computers. This book is good for sysadmins. Unfortunately, it allows for danger of malicious users to take advantage of the info. I can tell that this books was written by a "real" hacker. This individual(aka anonymous) has extensive knowledge of the internet, and makes it easy to understand for intermediate users(not in security, just basic computers). This book is a must have for anyone interested in computer security. For more advanced readers, get "Hacker Proof: The Ultimate Guide to Network Security" available at "www.amazon.com" the #1 source for computer books!
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1.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for any administrator's bookshelf, 25 Oct 1998
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This book has nearly 1000 web links to more detailed information on specific topics ... pick ANY 20 of these links, and you've just got your money's worth - tenfold.
It is certainly legitimate to say that this book AIDS the cracker-wannabe. But NOT ONCE in this book does the author point out a cracker scheme WITHOUT countering it with common-sense protection OR "counter-terrorism" software.
To the administrator's out there who choose to ignore the warnings of this book -- I equate you with unknowing-yet-naive consumers who blindly buy the first Brooklyn Bridge offered to them [in other words, the consumers who DESERVE to be conned], by believing the ludricous claims by the salsmen wearing cheap leisure suits: if you shun this author's wake-up call, your system WILL be compromised !!
This book is certainly NOT the most technical book on information security on the market -- but it does not claim to be (DOZENS of times the author point the reader to links on the web for more detailed info); and you can BET that this book will be the choice text of would-be crackers (who can get this info elsewhere, albeit not so easy-to-understand).
Do the math ... be the judge for yourself ... if you STILL aren't convinced, you'll never learn.
(By the way: this book deserves 5 stars ... I just gave it one star to get your attention) ....
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2.0 out of 5 stars I cannot agree with the other reviews at all..., 4 July 1999
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I bought this book as a reduced return exemplar a week ago.
I cannot recommend this book. The author has done a very diligent work by collecting hundreds of URLs and texts from the web, but I think he gives no concise overall concept of internet security. The mentioned exploits and attaks are now mostly fixed and thus outdated, so many of the URLs are of limited value.
Maybe the book still is a good starting point for further research on the web, but most documents on the 'net give enough material to search for with altavista.
The sections dealing with VMS and Windows NT are superficial. I personally believe that knowing the standard security tools by name is not sufficient for securing a network.
Due to the dynamic nature of the web and the changing operating systems and new forms of security risks/attacks a book focusing on special tools must be outdated in a very short time. A book on general network security gives a better introduction, i think that the view of an hacker (or cracker) does not help very much in securing a network.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate Information for basic security know-how., 13 Aug 2000
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The book claims to be written for system administrators and managers. This is not the case. This a good book when working as a introduction to computer security. Most system administrators I know, already know the contents of this book. If they didn't they would be system administrators. So if you are new to computer security go ahead and devour it, otherwise go for something more technical like "Hacking Exposed".
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Computer Security / Hacking book out, 19 Oct 1998
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I know a lot of people buy this book because to teach themselves hacking, which it does really well. If this book is anywhere near as good as the first edition, then it will also become the central book in any computer security nut or 'hackers' library.
If you read through the book carefully, you will learn about the security and breaking in to any of the major systems out there. A dangerous book if in the wrong hands, as it practially shows you step by step how to break into computer systems, but I also suggest all sysadmins read the book to learn how to protect your system. If you are into any of this stuff, this book would probably be the main book in any hackers library. With the updated edition just out... its probably time for sysadmins to quake in their boots!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase, improved over the first edition, but bad CD, 14 July 1999
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Either reader flak from the terrible previous edition or the author's conscience catching up to him brought about this much improved second edition. I had written off Anonymous as yet another sellout-apparent-self-called "security expert" milking the InfoSec cash cow two years ago, but this latest install is a grand step up from the previous Maximum Security and the author has done a decent bit of work.
This book is a worthy addition to your bookshelf if you are in any way involved with computer security. If you are completely unknowledeable in the field, this book will bring you up to speed on general security history/principles and give you a plethora of resources for educating yourself even further. Actual security conscious admins may just wish to breeze through this, but keep it handy as a reference for the new guy in your section that doesn't have the faintest clue as to what computer security is.
Granted, much if not all of what is put forth in this book can be found on the Internet these days, but I find this book to be an indispensable "bookmark collection" of sorts. In addition to its ability to clearly define much InfoSec terminology in a way that is easily passed on to "users", Maximum Security can best be described as a "stepping off" platform for those that want to be fed the basics quickly, and then nudged in the right direction.
It's not all good, though. The CD that accompanies this book is practically worthless and pales in comparison to the previous edition's CD which wasn't much better. I didn't think they could make a worse CD than the first edition's, but somehow, they did. The one key feature of the CD that is "glorified" in the book by the author (a list of ALL the hyperlinks in the book, links to all the RFCs, and MS security advisories) isn't even ON the CD (eventually it was put out as a download from SAM's support site)! I KNOW that a better resource CD could be made in a matter of DAYS--it is a shame so little effort was put into the one with this book.
It's also important to note that this book fails to properly mention many new security tools and the explosion of Linux in particular-but this is to be expected from a book attempting to generalize such a dynamic field. And of course, the author will soon be releasing a "Maximum Linux Security" book--nice PR touch there.
Overall, this book is a worthy buy. But make sure you follow it up with a healthy learning initiative and catch up with the current state of the computer security field. And when you get this book, immediately throw the CD in the trash or use it as a drink coaster. ;)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Yes its a good read but ........., 20 May 2000
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M. Hastings "mgchastings" (Ireland) - See all my reviews
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I think such books are written to keep the, already terrified virgin network Administrator up all night in a sweat. No matter how good you are though there is always something to learn. Unfortunately the people who claim to know it all are usually people who (at best) knew it all and are in charge of systems that are hacks waiting to happen. It's good though, very good but like everything in our industry, as soon as you've built it or written it, the sucker is out of date !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the first, 7 Jan 1999
By A Customer
I bought this book because I read the first book and looked through the first chapter. It said it would be better than the second one (in a variety of ways, but mostly content) and more like a sequel. Oh, and for those of you who griped about how it turned you to internet documents: you are morons! Internet Security is rapidly changing, and is very much like medicine: No one book can teach you everything you need to know! And you still have to take the responsibility of keeping up with the progress of your industry. I recomend that everyone visit a book store personally and reading the first chapter of a computer book they are thinking about buying and seeing who the target audience is. As this book clearly states:
"... I wrote this book for the following reasons:
* To provide inexperienced users w/ a comprehensive source about security
* To provide system administrators with a reference book
* To heighten public awareness of the need for adequate security"
Now then, this book is great and it provides information for almost any kind of Operating System and vulnerable programs. This book is a must as an INTRODUCTORY book for anyone interested in computer security.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Fav. Book, 24 Nov 1998
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I dont really understand what some of the comments below are about. The first edition of this book is widely said to be the best computer security / hacking book ever written. From the parts of the second version Ive seen, it is even better than the first edition. At least, it is up to the minute up to date.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Computer Security as the best and main book you will need. My one concern regarding the book is that many parts of it seem to be thinly veiled 'hacking instructions'. Part of the books popularity, no doubt, is that it is seen as the 'hackers textbook', and by blindly following the steps in the book it would even be simple for my grandma to break into many servers. I suggest sysadmins have a read through this book as soon as possible, and filling in any server holes the book describes. Try to beat those who would be applying the book with more malicious intent towards your server.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An introductory text, encyclopedic but superficial, 12 Feb 2009
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Dr. F. Stajano "filologo disneyano" (Cambridge, UK) - See all my reviews
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A grand compilation of tidbits on Internet security. Lists many system- and version-specific vulnerabilities, along with attacks, attack tools and countermeasures. Easy reading (if somewhat verbose) as introductory material but technically too superficial to be used as a reference. It nevertheless provides a wealth of bibliographic pointers and covers Windows as well as Unix. The Macintosh occasionally gets a token mention but is not treated in any detail. Wide rather than deep ("the children's---or maybe the journalists'---encyclopedia of Internet security"), it does contain some nuggets but on the whole there are more useful books on the subject. Because of the way the book is arranged, with emphasis on specific holes and attacks rather than general principles, it will quickly become outdated.
NB: this review refers to the 1997 edition and the core of it was originally written in 1999. I have not read any of the subsequent editions.
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