I've been a silent watcher of this site for a few months or so now, but finally broke down and decided I just had to ask a question;
I was looking the black hat 2006 page, and was really interested in the "Cadet Training / hacking by numbers" and the "exploiting 101" courses. Problem is, it's not looking like my boss is willing to send me, and I can't scrape together the $3000 to get myself there (short of taking out a second mortgage against my house...which I'd rather not do).
Was wondering if anyone had run across a similar course or book...something like basic programming (and compiling), some sample scripts, ect. I found the book "Hacking: The Art of Exploitation" on a local book sellers webpage (covers more of the logic behind the exploits), and I thought this would be a perfect introduction to the field...if only I had the basic skills in regards to programming (specifically the compiling portion).
Does anyone know of a good resource for me? I'm not really wanting to learn a full language if I can avoid it for the time being.
Thanks everyone! (Now please oh please let my links work so I don't look like a fool...)