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4.0 out of 5 stars be very careful about doing exploitations, 3 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: BackTrack 5 Cookbook (Paperback)
BackTrack 5 seems best suited for a very experienced linux or unix user. One who also has sysadmin background. You get an indication of this by the second chapter. It commences by explaining how to get and use kernel headers in compiling code. The kernel headers are the source code of the linux kernel itself. Another indicator is the next topic, about installing Broadcom wireless drivers. It turns out these days that a lot of computer breakins happen via wireless networks.

The book educates you on a potentially useful tool - Maltego, for threat assessment. But perhaps more apropos is the discussion on how to use Nessus. This is a common and powerful tool for finding vulnerabilities. The Nessus screen captures give you some appreciation of the many options available within it. It is ecumenical. It can detect flaws in Microsoft and linux systems and the text explains both cases.

A variant of Nessus is also explored - OpenVAS. It has the advantage of being free, unlike Nessus which charges for professional use.

Chapter 5 may be problematic to some users. It describes how to exploit vulnerabilities. Other sections of the book are about finding these. But the intellectual defence of chapter 5 is that a sysadmin can get to appreciate how a black hat might come into her system, thus giving incentive for the sysadmin to patch flaws. Even so, be careful when or if you apply this chapter. This can be like running the password breaker Crack. In some companies, doing the latter in an unauthorised way is grounds for dismissal. Likewise if using the exploitations in chapter 5, especially against a system that is not your company's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cooking, 18 Mar. 2014
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Certainly showed me how to protect my network and how hackers can get in will certainly keep referring to this as and when needed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 Sept. 2014
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Get the inside on modern hacking with this useful guide! Essential reading for cyber freaks!
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