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April 2006

Secure Reads: The Database Hacker's Handbook

The Database Hacker's Handbook: Defending Database Servers By David Litchfield, Chris Anley, John Heasman & Bill Grindlay Wiley, 500 pages, $50.00 @exb The Database Hacker's Handbook: Defending Database Servers @exe Unfortunately, database administrators and security analysts live in separate clans on the large IT frontier. The Database Hacker's Handbook fosters the resolution of these inherent communication breakdowns by closing the knowledge differential between the database admin and security admin. Serious effort, training and experience are required to truly understand the other's perspective, but this book provides the perfect starting point. Its renowned database security researchers waste no time in showing how to attack modern database systems. The terse opening chapter provides a taxonomy for database vulnerabilities, such as privilege elevation via SQL injection and unauthenticated flaws in network protocols, the most dangerous vulnerability. Although classifying the attacks presented later in the book may be a useful...

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