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Post Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:31 pm

Professional Penetration Testing - Book problems?

Started this in other, since to me it is. Sorry if wrong spot.

I got Professional Penetration Testing for my birthday (next weekend). I started reading it last night. And the first 8 pages have decided they wanted to fall out.

Looking at the side, it looks like there may be problems with a few more sections of the book later.

I was wondering if anyone had their book fall apart while they were reading it?

I'll probably hit up amazon support to try and get a replacement.
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Post Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:27 pm

Re: Professional Penetration Testing - Book problems?

This has never happened to me - but I have gotten a book from amazon with pages that've been torn near the top. Was a cheap book for an online college class so I didn't care to get a replacement.
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Post Fri Jul 23, 2010 10:01 pm

Re: Professional Penetration Testing - Book problems?

I had a book from them fall apart before. Packt Books Xen book.

That one completely fell apart, but I wasn't impressed with it. Don't know if the errata I submitted ever showed up.
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Post Sat Jul 24, 2010 7:26 am

Re: Professional Penetration Testing - Book problems?

I purchased this book from Amazon as well and I am having the same problem with the beginning of the book falling apart.  I have purchased many books from Amazaon and have never had this problem.  I'm about half way through and no other pages are showing signs of falling apart.
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Post Sat Jul 24, 2010 11:13 am

Re: Professional Penetration Testing - Book problems?

I'm having a problem just like this with a book I bought. I figured it was from the heat and humidity of reading it on the beach, but maybe Amazon is getting some bad books?
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Post Sat Jul 24, 2010 11:44 am

Re: Professional Penetration Testing - Book problems?

@DavidW my copy only has 2 "tabs" holding it in right now, at the bottom of the book

@partek happens.

My biggest worry at this point is getting another book from amazon with it doing the same thing.
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Post Sat Jul 24, 2010 12:14 pm

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chrisj wrote:@DavidW my copy only has 2 "tabs" holding it in right now, at the bottom of the book


Mine is getting there but I just try to put the page back the best I can and be extra gentle so it doesn't get worst.
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Post Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:05 pm

Re: Professional Penetration Testing - Book problems?

I have 5 books from "Syngress", the editor of "Professional Penetration Testing".

It is funny, I too lost pages 1 to 8 from "Professional Penetration Testing"! The other 4 books are fine.

Humm, interesting...
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Post Sat Jul 24, 2010 9:44 pm

Re: Professional Penetration Testing - Book problems?

My guess would be they have a new bindery since the Professional Penetration Testing book is pretty new...

I have a number of Syngress books, and I have never had a problem like that. Times are tough lately, and everyone's trying to find ways to save money....it sounds like maybe they're trying to cut costs...
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Post Sun Jul 25, 2010 1:30 am

Re: Professional Penetration Testing - Book problems?

Since I'm on vacation this week, I'll try pinging Syngress directly and see what they say, I'll pass them along to this thread so they can see it.

I'll let everyone know what happens.

(I remember when Steve Jackson Games came out with 4th ed. New binders, and the books literally fell apart. They gave everyone free replacement copies).
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Post Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:19 am

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anyone know where to get BT2?
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Post Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:25 pm

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I've pointed the binding problem out to the folks at Syngress, hopefully they'll get it sorted out. If you contact them directly, they'll likely replace the books for you.
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Post Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:16 pm

Re: Professional Penetration Testing - Book problems?

Thanks Jason,

But a few scotch tapes well placed and the book isn't to bad now... And since my 4 other syngress books are fine, I won't worry too much.
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Post Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:31 pm

Re: Professional Penetration Testing - Book problems?

I'd like to bring up the fact that I took the official Heorot course run by the author of the book Professional Penetration Testing.

Has anyone else here taken this course, or is contemplating taking this course?

I received this book as a free gift upon signing up for the course. Overall, the course was a major let-down (for me anyway). Thomas Wilhelm (the author) has written a decent book, but his course doesn't hold water. He relies solely on free and open source distros and tools, then charges a pretty penny for the course access. What you get is a bunch of links to the freely down-loadable distros and Linux tools, you get to watch a few shoddy cam recordings made by the author, and then you are left on your own to challenge the De-Ice discs. Very sub-par offering from Wilhelm. Thus, I got my money back... this course is a major dud.

Now, as for the book, I thought this was a lot better than the course content, and offers decent walkthroughs of a professional pen-test, as well as useful tips and tricks. Not bad. So far, all pages are intent after an initial thumb-through.

I would be curious in hearing your guys' opinion on book and course.

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Post Tue Oct 05, 2010 2:07 am

Re: Professional Penetration Testing - Book problems?

Interesting feedback hungrymind..

I have just signed up for the Hackingdojo class by Tom so am hoping it will be better than your experience with the Heorot course.  Which course did you take by the way?

Because of the way the Hackingdojo training is structured, I am hoping that it will be a combination between the Heorot course, Professional penetration testing book and Ninja hacking book.  This is due to the weekly meetings and the closer contact we SHOULD have with Tom and other students to help with should help with understanding the concepts and progression.

Ill be sure to give feedback on hackingdojo once I have started it....
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