Linux and UNIX Security Portable Reference

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McGraw Hill Professional, 2003 - Computers - 198 pages

"HackNotes Linux and Unix Security Portable Reference" gives you step-by-step details of intrusion tactics, tools, and actual techniques currently being used by criminals to break into computer networks. This book will teach you how to protect and harden Linux and Unix hosts against the most troublesome security issues. Use the unique and easy-to-access Reference Center in the middle of the book to quickly locate useful commands, online security resources, and more! Explore counter intrusion tactics such as password brute-forcing, TCP-hijacking, man-in-the-middle attacks, and more Learn to use the latest hacking tools, including Airsnort, Dsniff, Ettercap, Ethereal, Kismet, Netcat, and Nmap Protect against privilege escalation attacks Protect the most popular network services, including FTP, SSH, Telnet, SMTP, HTTP, HTTPS, R-Services, NFS, Samba, POP, IMAP, MySQL, X, and VNC Recognize both Backdoor and Rootkit tools and tactics used by sophisticated intruders Learn in-depth and current Linux and Unix system hardening guidelines Defend against software vulnerabilities such as race conditions, improper input validation, and misconfigurations Write custom plug-ins for Nessus, the popular and free vulnerability scanning tool Understand the latest wireless (802.11) hacking techniques, tools, and defenses

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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

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