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on 4 April 2014
This book gives clear instructions on how to perform various tests with Kali (for example, the commands to perform a particular Metasploit exploit injection, or the flags to put with an Nmap scan to perform a Syn/Syn Ack scan) but it dosnt really say why you should do it. I think it would be better for people with less of a background in penetration testing to buy this book alongside a book explaining why they should be doing the things the book tells them to do. For example, get an explanation of what we want to accomplish with Banner Enumeration, and then read the 'recipe' in the cookbook for a type of banner grabbing scan.
For me, though, its perfect. If I know I need to perform a Christmas Tree scan I can flick to the particular recipe and instantly jog my memory on the flags I need to issue to get than particular NMAP function.
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on 27 February 2014
i'd suggest you could find most/all of the content of this book via Google if you had the time.
Good book, well laid out and easy to read.
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on 8 December 2013
Hmm. Penetration testing. Hmm. The back cover sounds very suggestive; like a not so covert inducement to train as a subversive attacker. Sections of the first chapter might also be construed that way. But the authors are correct in explaining that you, as a defensive sysadmin, need to understand the methods that an attacker can use against your network.

Know the enemy.

Useful too and indeed is the explanation of VirtualBox. Made by Oracle no less. So if you are somewhat justifiably dubious about random packages trolled on the web, its parentage should be reassuring. It provides a secure [hopefully !] sandbox in which to test various virtual operating systems. Indeed, the book can be read in part as a nice guide to installing and running VirtualBox.

Chapters 4 onwards in the text are where you focus on actually scoping out an unknown network. The narrative delves into using existing tools like nmap to scrutinise that network. There is also a program called maltego written external to Kali and similarly used for threat assessment. Kali apparently bundles a version of it. So via Kali you effectively have a superset of maltego. If you come from prior experience with maltego, that might be a useful way to understand Kali.

The book takes us into the use of Nessus, another renowned network prober. And then ditto for Metasploit.

This de facto survey of the penetration field is a virtue of Kali.
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on 30 December 2013
At a glance Kali Linux Cookbook looks like a more complete book into Kali Linux. I began reading the book and I was happy to see that it started off talking to you about how to install Kali Linux. The best thing is the author demonstrates this using Virtual Box where in the past they have used VMWare Workstation. Of course both are good, but virtual box is free. I also noticed that the author makes sure that the reader doesn't have to spend additional money to follow on with the book.

This book is much more advanced than other books I've read on Kali Linux. It goes way more In depth even on the setup of Kali. With this book being all about pentesting and forensics the author also tells you how to get additional operating systems to pentest and practice on. I was very impressed.

The book follows a format that is very helpful. It is sectioned up into different methods. These sections have names, about, getting ready and a how to for each method. This is ideal if you don't want to read the full book but just want to look at individual sections which are clearly shown.

This book covers all kinds of pentests using the likes of nmap, network mapping, finding vulnerabilities and exploiting them. It's perfect for beginners and also advanced users if you need to refer to something quickly.

If you are looking for a Kali Linux book to get you started and familiar with tools such as nmap and metasploit then this is the book for you. I highly recommend it and this book gets a 5* from me. Purchase this book!
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on 30 October 2014
I am also having big trouble with the book formatting on the Kindle, it is fine strangely on Kindle Cloud but on the device it is unreadable. The pictures are off the page to the right and some text is presented vertically...
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on 5 February 2015
The book as content is fine, but the formatting for kindle really S U C K 's . It's really poor, very very poor.

Don't buy the kindle version ! !
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on 30 September 2014
The first part of the book is almost unreadable on a Kindle and an iPad. The content might be good but I havent really got that far as reading a word with one letter per line, pictures placed over text or formatting that changes page to page isn't a great way to read. Sort out the formatting as an update and I'll review the two stars. Shame, I was looking forward to reading this.
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on 16 April 2015
Struggling to read the whole thing and give a meaningful review due to the very poor formatting of the Kindle edition. That is the main reason for 1 star. Clearly nobody proof read this before putting it to market in electonic form. I don't think I have had one single page yet that has not had a visual issue on it. The pages are messed up, boxes misaligned, page breaks wrong, carriage returns in middle of lines or even words. I have even had a few pages (mainly ones with images on) that just wont turn the page, so I have had to resort in going ahead in the book, and then paging backwards to where I wanted to be. It really is quite terrible and should be urgently pulled from sale and corrected, and then applied as an update to those who have already purchased it. I really should ask for a refund.

I would suggest that if you want this book at the time of this review, you should get the printed version and avoid the Kindle one until they fix it and make it actually readable. Note - I tried this on the Android Kindle app on my xperia Z2, and it was no better at all.
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on 2 January 2015
Great read
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