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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The network scanning book no security library can be without
It's long been without argument that nmap, written by Fyodor, is a cut above the rest when it comes to network scanning. It should therefor be a surprise to nobody that Fyodor's book achieves a similarly high standard in explaining the hows, whys and wherefors of using this tool.

The book starts by giving us a solid grounding in the basics before moving onto...
Published on 10 Dec 2008 by David Pybus

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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much what I expected
Like most books of this ilk I don't use very often but its nice to know it's there when I need it.
Published 8 months ago by David G. Vanstone


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The network scanning book no security library can be without, 10 Dec 2008
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This review is from: Nmap Network Scanning: The Official Nmap Project Guide to Network Discovery and Security Scanning (Paperback)
It's long been without argument that nmap, written by Fyodor, is a cut above the rest when it comes to network scanning. It should therefor be a surprise to nobody that Fyodor's book achieves a similarly high standard in explaining the hows, whys and wherefors of using this tool.

The book starts by giving us a solid grounding in the basics before moving onto standard scanning techniques such as discovery and port scanning. Of course being the book that it is this isn't your 10,000ft view of port scanning one IP address with a choice of three flags, the book goes into the detail you would expect with the sort of information that true afficianadoes lust after.

The book goes on to cover in detail a variety of other topics such as optimisation, service scanning, OS detection, the nmap scripting engine and a bunch of other similarly useful stuff.

In the same way that nmap has always been the answer for port scanning this book is most definitely the answer for your questions on how to get the most out of it. The book is easy and fun to read with great examples along the way.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Guide, 5 Dec 2008
This review is from: Nmap Network Scanning: The Official Nmap Project Guide to Network Discovery and Security Scanning (Paperback)
This book has been a long time in the writing and it shows in the quality and scope.

From a few pages of code in The Art of Port Scanning, Phrack Magazine in 1997 to Hollywood mainstream in 2003, Nmap became a sub-cultural icon, movie shorthand for hackers and hacking, as well as one of the most widely used security tools. Well, in Nmap Network Scanning, its creator just wrote its biography, and it's very revealing.

This isn't just another "how to use" book, although that is all in there, both in case studies and in a 42-page reference guide. This is the most revealing technical book I've ever read about a security tool. Fyodor turns Nmap inside out to explain what it does, how it does it and why it was written that way. If you are looking for a definitive book on Nmap, this is it.

Anyone fortunate enough to have got hold of one of the pre-release copies at Black Hat or Defcon will not have been disappointed.

There is a wealth of other material on the associated website, including sample chapters for those who want a better idea of the content.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars technical and interesting read, 12 Oct 2009
This review is from: Nmap Network Scanning: The Official Nmap Project Guide to Network Discovery and Security Scanning (Paperback)
I've been using nmap for years and, still, I learned new ways of doing network administration tasks from this book. The book has several audiences: it's a practical learning tool for those who just studied tcp/ip basics and have to dive into network administration, security, application debugging; at the same time it's a must read for netadmin grunts who will even come to like (and perhaps even use from time to time) nmap's new GUI, zenmap. Security professionals and hackers will love this book.
A deeply technical, yet fun and entertaining read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As expected, 29 Mar 2010
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Fernando Perpina Robert (Barcelona, Spain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Nmap Network Scanning: The Official Nmap Project Guide to Network Discovery and Security Scanning (Paperback)
Fyodor manages to explain nmap in a clear and precise manner. This subject is not easy to understand but it is presented both in detail and keeping the big picture at hand. Very enjoyable reading and very satisfying. Worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for checking your network security, 8 Jun 2014
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John Avis (London, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Nmap Network Scanning: The Official Nmap Project Guide to Network Discovery and Security Scanning (Paperback)
This is a good guide to the use of NMAP in testing for vunerabilites in your network. Is your firewall etc actually behaving as you thought it did. I ran it from a PC using Ubuntu Linux.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An in-depth, readable technical resource, 2 Oct 2011
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This review is from: Nmap Network Scanning: The Official Nmap Project Guide to Network Discovery and Security Scanning (Paperback)
This book is well written as a reference while supplying usable scenarios and areas of this complex application that you may not have realised were available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have for any computer security related job, 18 July 2011
This review is from: Nmap Network Scanning: The Official Nmap Project Guide to Network Discovery and Security Scanning (Paperback)
It is a perfect book to learn about network scanning, it had detailed examples, in depth explanations, additional resources, and a great scope that can appeal to many different audiences. It is still classed as one of the top network scanning tools. The detail of this book is so good that you could land your self a job just by knowing it from front to back.
So for any computer security related people: pen testers, security consultants, vulnerability assessors, they should have this book in their collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NMap Book Review, 8 May 2011
This review is from: Nmap Network Scanning: The Official Nmap Project Guide to Network Discovery and Security Scanning (Paperback)
Well, sometimes you just have to say that the official book is the one to buy. This is a well written accurate and useful book that shows how to use Nmap to its fullest potential. Forget the others, buy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly technical - but also easy, 1 Jun 2010
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This book has been written by the designer and creator of Nmap - and it shows!

Fyodor, is a gifted author, he explains his thought processes behind each function, what "he" sees from the output. In this way, like an apprentice, you learn what to look for, by learning what Fyodor sees.

This is an easy and informative book, that's very unusual in it's depth and scope.

You'll learn to tool up Nmap, with different functions. What function you would use and why. What functions most disregard - and why they shouldn't. It's so easy, it's like a giant lightbulb going off in your head, as the jigsaw puzzle all falls into place.

It's difficult to imagine where or how, you could get a better introduction to Nmap or Scanning.

I just can't praise this book highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 Oct 2014
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Essential for any network engineering students.
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