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Disapointing supporting Lab environment.
on 21 June 2013
I had high hopes of this book being a great study aid for taking the Crest or Tigerscheme web application CTL exam.
I wanted a book to refer to and also an online lab environment to practice the topics discussed in the book - although I have purchased 50 hrs of supporting lab time, I am so disappointed with the supporting labs that I am actually writing this review whilst having an active lab session open a waste of $7 or whatever a lab hr is.
Firstly - when reading the book there are references to specific labs which should contain the same content discussed right ?? yeah well no unfortunately. Either the labs have been re-written since they wrote the book or a different person wrote the labs.
The lab menu itself doesn't include all of the labs mentioned in the book so you have to find them manually, which isn't to bad I suppose but when you do find the lab from putting the reference directly into the browser and follow the content exactly as per the book - you find that all of the parameters are different and out of context.
So you carry on and presume this is intended to get you thinking right ?? no wrong, unfortunately the vulnerabilities being discussed in the book are not present on all of the referenced labs - so it looks as though they have either been removed or re-written, hence why they are not directly linked to the online lab menu.
OK - so not ideal, but then you could just use the Labs independently to the book?? well yes you could but then this is supposed to be a learning environment right ?? so if you can't find the problem or are struggling you would want to refer to something or have some form of Help, hints, explanations or even answers as a last resort yeah??
Well unfortunately not with this - if you get stuck or need help with a Lab then sorry but your own your own.
All in all - the authors know there web application hacking stuff alright, shame the person who put the labs together didn't seem to read the book to ensure everything reference in it matched up.
I would definitely recommend reading the book - possibly having a go in the labs but don't expect a smooth flowing study environment.