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Gray Hat Hacking: The Ethical Hacker’s Handbook, Second Edition

The goal of this book is to help produce more highly skilled security professionals who are dedicated to protecting against malicious hacking activity. It has been proven over and over again that it is important to understand one’s enemies, including their tactics, skills, tools, and motivations. Corporations and nations have enemies that are very dedicated and talented. We must work together to understand the enemies’ processes and procedures to ensure that we can properly thwart their destructive and malicious

The authors of this book want to provide the readers with something we believe the industry needs: a holistic review of ethical hacking that is responsible and truly ethical in its intentions and material. This is why we are starting this book with a clear definition of what ethical hacking is and is not—something society is very confused about.

We have updated the material from the first edition and have attempted to deliver the most comprehensive and up-to-date assembly of techniques and procedures. Six new chapters are presented and the other chapters have been updated.

In Part I of this book we lay down the groundwork of the necessary ethics and expectations of a gray hat hacker. This section:

  • Clears up the confusion about white, black, and gray hat definitions and characteristics
  • Reviews the slippery ethical issues that should be understood before carrying out any type of ethical hacking activities
  • Surveys legal issues surrounding hacking and many other types of malicious activities
  • Walks through proper vulnerability discovery processes and current models that provide direction

In Part II we introduce more advanced penetration methods and tools that no other books cover today. Many existing books cover the same old tools and methods that have been rehashed numerous times, but we have chosen to go deeper into the advanced mechanisms that real gray hats use today. We discuss the following topics in this section:

  • Automated penetration testing methods and advanced tools used to carry out these activities
  • The latest tools used for penetration testing

In Part III we dive right into the underlying code and teach the reader how specific components of every operating system and application work, and how they can be exploited. We cover the following topics in this section:

  • Program Coding 101 to introduce you to the concepts you will need to understand for the rest of the sections
  • How to exploit stack operations and identify and write buffer overflows
  • How to identify advanced Linux and Windows vulnerabilities and how they are exploited
  • How to create different types of shellcode to develop your own proof-ofconcept exploits and necessary software to test and identify vulnerabilities

In Part IV we go even deeper, by examining the most advanced topics in ethical hacking that many security professionals today do not understand. In this section we examine the following:

  • Passive and active analysis tools and methods
  • How to identify vulnerabilities in source code and binary files
  • How to reverse-engineer software and disassemble the components
  • Fuzzing and debugging techniques
  • Mitigation steps of patching binary and source code

In Part V we added a new section on malware analysis. At some time or another, the ethical hacker will come across a piece of malware and may need to perform basic analysis. In this section, you will learn:

  • Collection of your own malware specimen
  • Analysis of malware to include a discussion of de-obfuscation techniques

If you are ready to take the next step to advance and deepen your understanding of ethical hacking, this is the book for you.

We’re interested in your thoughts and comments. Please e-mail us at book@grayhathackingbook.com. Also, browse to www.grayhathackingbook.com for additional technical information and resources related to this book and ethical hacking.


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