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A Bug Hunter's Diary: A Guided Tour Through the Wilds of Software Security by [Klein, Tobias]
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About the Author

Tobias Klein is a security researcher and founder of NESO Security Labs, an information security consulting and research company based in Heilbronn, Germany. As a vulnerability researcher, Tobias has identified and helped to fix numerous security vulnerabilities. He is the author of two other information security books published in German by dpunkt.verlag of Heidelberg, Germany.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4067 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (4 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00652XO2I
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Begin Disclaimer.

While NoStarch Press gave me an early electronic copy of this book to review before the release date, I have no financial dealings with NoStarch Press or have any other financial ties to this book, it's author or any other entity. While I post reviews to numerous locations (amazon, linkedIn, etc), all reviews will originate on TESTHEAD first unless otherwise designated. Also, while I may abridge reviews for space considerations, I will not post "different" reviews in different sources. If you are curious about the total text for a review, the full review will always be on TESTHEAD.

End Disclaimer.

"A Bug Hunter's Diary" by Tobias Klein is, of course, going to pique the interest of just about any thoughtful tester who sees the title. Bug Hunting is what testers do, after all. Therefore, I feel it important to make a distinction known up front. The sub-title for A Bug Hunter's Diary is "A Guided Tour Through the Wilds of Software Security". Yep, this book is devoted to the "bugs" found related to software security exploits.

This is a fascinating sub-topic of software testing and one that doesn't get a lot of attention. Sure, we hear about the exploits. We hear about the black hat and the white hat hackers that identify them and then help determine how to close the issues (well, some do, there's others that actively "exploit the exploits"). Tobias aims to provide the tester interested in learning about how to test for security exploits; to be a "Bug Hunter" is the books focus and definition.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 32 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great stories, super useful for getting a feel for the job 31 Dec. 2016
By Zach Childers - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is really good for getting a feel for the mindset and process required for vulnerability hunting. He goes over fuzzing techniques, where to look for weak points in application code, and much more.

However, the author is German and the laws in Germany are restrictive against redistributing "hacker code." This means the code samples in the book are usually incomplete, with everything but the exploit mechanism included. Personally for me this was a big drawback, as I find reading source code the best way to learn techniques like these.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good but fail on explain how to do 11 Oct. 2014
By Julio - Published on Amazon.com
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Well its a good book, not excellent because has not steps to do things or present the same case on differents views like "case study" if the book show "how to do.. " like cook book it will be an excellent book but its 4 stars because the book is small and explain many concepts so you need to know previously C debugging, overflow, heap, etc

i think if the book detail more about how to exploit that things it will be excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Bug Hunting is Addicting. 11 Mar. 2013
By moshe k - Published on Amazon.com
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TL;DR: If you're interested in bug hunting, this is the book you want.

I read this book after reading TAOSSA and was very impressed. TAOSSA methodically details everything that can go wrong in a program (see Chapter 6). A Bug Hunter's Diary is the perfect followup, showing you the thought process behind bug hunting. After you pick up this book, you'll want to start searching for your own bugs - and you'll likely find some too!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 Jan. 2017
By Tomas Cejka - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book, easy to read, interesting content. It is inspiring for writing better and resisitant code.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but require great coding skills to properly absorb it. 25 Nov. 2013
By E.M. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very good book. But make sure you have great coding skills in order to take advantage of all that the book can offer. I'm not a coder myself, so I'll have to improve those skills, and get back an re-read this book.

But all in all, it's an excelent book for security professionals/researchers and web application penetration testers.
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