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If you're an advanced security professional, then you know that the battle to protect online privacy continues to rage on. Security chat rooms, especially, are resounding with calls for vendors to take more responsibility to release products that are more secure. In fact, with all the information and code that is passed on a daily basis, it's a fight that may never end. Fortunately, there are a number of open source security tools that give you a leg up in the battle.

Often a security tool does exactly what you want, right out of the box. More frequently, you need to customize the tool to fit the needs of your network structure. Network Security Tools shows experienced administrators how to modify, customize, and extend popular open source security tools such as Nikto, Ettercap, and Nessus.

This concise, high-end guide discusses the common customizations and extensions for these tools, then shows you how to write even more specialized attack and penetration reviews that are suited to your unique network environment. It also explains how tools like port scanners, packet injectors, network sniffers, and web assessment tools function.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Writing your own network sniffers and packet injection tools
  • Writing plugins for Nessus, Ettercap, and Nikto
  • Developing exploits for Metasploit
  • Code analysis for web applications
  • Writing kernel modules for security applications, and understanding rootkits
While many books on security are either tediously academic or overly sensational, Network Security Tools takes an even-handed and accessible approach that will let you quickly review the problem and implement new, practical solutions--without reinventing the wheel. In an age when security is critical, Network Security Tools is the resource you want at your side when locking down your network.


The advanced guide for writing, hacking, and modifying network security tools

About the Author

Nitesh Dhanjani is a well known security researcher, author, and speaker. Dhanjani is currently Senior Manager at a large consulting firm where he advises some of the largest corporations around the world on how to establish enterprise wide information security programs and solutions. Dhanjani is also responsible for evangelizing brand new technology service lines around emerging technologies and trends such as cloud computing and virtualization.

Prior to his current job, Dhanjani was Senior Director of Application Security and Assessments at a major credit bureau where he spearheaded brand new security efforts into enhancing the enterprise SDLC, created a process for performing source code security reviews & Threat Modeling, and managed the Attack & Penetration team.

Dhanjani is the author of "Network Security Tools: Writing, Hacking, and Modifying Security Tools" (O'Reilly) and "HackNotes: Linux and Unix Security" (Osborne McGraw-Hill). He is also a contributing author to "Hacking Exposed 4" (Osborne McGraw-Hill) and "HackNotes: Network Security". Dhanjani has been invited to talk at various information security events such as the Black Hat Briefings, RSA, Hack in the Box, Microsoft Blue Hat, and OSCON.

Dhanjani graduated from Purdue University with both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Computer Science.

Dhanjani's personal blog is located at

Justin Clarke is a Director with Gotham Digital Science, based in the United Kingdom. He has many years of experience in testing the security of networks, web applications, and wireless networks for large financial, retail, and technology clients in the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Justin is the co-author of Network Security Tools: Writing, Hacking, and Modifying Security Tools, a contributing author to Network Security Assessment: Know Your Network, 2nd Edition, and the lead author of SQL Injection Attacks and Defenses (Syngress) as well as having been invited to speak at a number of conferences on security topics, including Black Hat, EuSecWest, OSCON and RSA.

Justin is active in developing security tools for penetrating web applications, servers, and wireless networks and as a compulsive tinkerer he can't leave anything alone without at least trying to see how it works.

Table of Contents

PrefaceModifying and Hacking Security Tools
  • Chapter 1: Writing Plug-ins for Nessus
  • Chapter 2: Developing Dissectors and Plug-ins for the Ettercap Network Sniffer
  • Chapter 3: Extending Hydra and Nmap
  • Chapter 4: Writing Plug-ins for the Nikto Vulnerability Scanner
  • Chapter 5: Writing Modules for the Metasploit Framework
  • Chapter 6: Extending Code Analysis to the Webroot
Modifying and Hacking Security Tools
  • Chapter 7: Fun with Linux Kernel Modules
  • Chapter 8: Developing Web Assessment Tools and Scripts
  • Chapter 9: Automated Exploit Tools
  • Chapter 10: Writing Network Sniffers
  • Chapter 11: Writing Packet-Injection Tools

Product Details

Dhanjani, Nitesh
O'Reilly Media
Clarke, Justin
Networking - General
Computer networks
Security - General
Computer security
Computer networks -- Security measures.
Ettercap;Nessus;Nikto;network sniffers;packet injectors;port scanners;web assessment tools function
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9.19 x 7 x 0.9 in 1.23 lb

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