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January 2005

Secure Reads: Gray Hat Hacking

Gray Hat Hacking: The Ethical Hacker's Handbook By Shon Harris, Allen Harper, Chris Eagle, Jonathan Ness and Michael Lester 456 pages, $49.99 McGraw Hill/Osborne Media @exb Gray Hat Hacking: The Ethical Hacker's Handbook @exe Any authors willing to throw their hats in the ring with hands-on technical security/hacking manuals--such as Security Warrior, Exploiting Softwar and Hacking Exposed--must differentiate themselves from the pack. Gray Hat Hacking: The Ethical Hacker's Handbook is a proficient work, but doesn't particularly stand out among security texts. Gray Hat offers a smorgasbord of topics geared toward moderate- and advanced-level practitioners, but fails to go into much depth in any one area. The authors touch on some deep technical issues, such as automated penetration testing and shellcode exploit construction, but the information is largely recycled from other sources and doesn't offer much insight. The authors' great command of the material brings the book some redemption, since they discuss a few refreshingly ...

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