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Hacking: The Art of Exploitationby Jon Erickson
Synopses & Reviews
Hacking is the art of creative problem solving, whether that means finding an unconventional solution to a difficult problem or exploiting holes in sloppy programming. Many people call themselves hackers, but few have the strong technical foundation needed to really push the envelope.
Rather than merely showing how to run existing exploits, author Jon Erickson explains how arcane hacking techniques actually work. To share the art and science of hacking in a way that is accessible to everyone, Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, 2nd Edition introduces the fundamentals of C programming from a hacker's perspective.
The included LiveCD provides a complete Linux programming and debugging environment-all without modifying your current operating system. Use it to follow along with the book's examples as you fill gaps in your knowledge and explore hacking techniques on your own. Get your hands dirty debugging code, overflowing buffers, hijacking network communications, bypassing protections, exploiting cryptographic weaknesses, and perhaps even inventing new exploits. This book will teach you how to:
Hackers are always pushing the boundaries, investigating the unknown, and evolving their art. Even if you don't already know how to program, Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, 2nd Edition will give you a complete picture of programming, machine architecture, network communications, and existing hacking techniques. Combine this knowledge with the included Linux environment, and all you need is your own creativity.
Book News Annotation:
Erickson is a computer security specialist who has been programming and hacking computers since he was five years old. In Hacking, the author demonstrates how the art of computer hacking can be used in a positive way, such as exposing weaknesses in security applications or solving difficult programming issues. Erickson even explains how the most arcane hacking methods can still be used to crack computer code in this volume, which is aimed at programmers, software engineers and computer science students. A CD-ROM is included to provide a Linux programming and debugging environment. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In this second edition, author Erickson uses practical examples to illustrate the most common computer security issues in three related fields: programming, networking, and cryptography. Readers can easily follow along with example code by booting the included live CD.
The Metasploit Framework is a powerful suite of tools that security researchers use to investigate and resolve potential network and system vulnerabilities. Metasploit: The Penetration Tester's Guide shows readers how to assess networks by using Metasploit to launch simulated attacks that expose weaknesses in their security. The book begins with the basics of information security and Metasploit, then proceeds to general and advanced techniques for penetration testing, including network reconnaissance and enumeration, server- and client-side attacks, devastating wireless attacks, and even targeted social engineering attacks. Whether readers are looking to secure their own networks or discover holes in others', Metasploit is the definitive guide to penetration testing with this dynamic and flexible framework.
This 25th anniversary edition of Steven Levy's classic book traces the exploits of the computer revolution's original hackers — those brilliant and eccentric nerds from the late 1950s through the early '80s who took risks, bent the rules, and pushed the world in a radical new direction. With updated material from noteworthy hackers such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Stallman, and Steve Wozniak, Hackers is a fascinating story that begins in early computer research labs and leads to the first home computers.
Levy profiles the imaginative brainiacs who found clever and unorthodox solutions to computer engineering problems. They had a shared sense of values, known as "the hacker ethic," that still thrives today. Hackers captures a seminal period in recent history when underground activities blazed a trail for today's digital world, from MIT students finagling access to clunky computer-card machines to the DIY culture that spawned the Altair and the Apple II.
About the Author
Erickson has a formal education in computer science and speaks frequently at computer security conferences around the world. He currently works as a cryptologist and security specialist in Northern California.
Table of Contents
HACKING: THE ART OF EXPLOITATION, 2ND EDITION.ACKNOWLEDGMENTSPREFACEChapter 0x100: INTRODUCTIONChapter 0x200: PROGRAMMINGChapter 0x300: EXPLOITATIONChapter 0x400: NETWORKINGChapter 0x500: SHELLCODEChapter 0x600: COUNTERMEASURESChapter 0x700: CRYPTOLOGYChapter 0x800: CONCLUSIONCOLOPHON
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