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Book(s) for a beginner?

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dakine2285

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Post Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:13 am

Book(s) for a beginner?

Hello,

I've been doing ethical hacking learning for awhile, but I've been out of the game and I'm a little rusty. I was hoping to read some beginner books to help me get moving forward on my progress again.  Does anyone have any ideas on any good beginner ethical hacking books?  Please let me know either way.

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Post Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:51 am

Re: Book(s) for a beginner?

I would suggest Counter Hack Reloaded. http://www.amazon.com/Counter-Hack-Relo ... 0131481045
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Post Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:50 am

Re: Book(s) for a beginner?

I have to say +1 on Equix3n-'s suggesion of counter hack reloaded.

The books out in my study areas right now are:
Dissecting the Hack
Counter Hack Reloaded
Professional Penetration Testing
Hacking the Next Generation
Practical Lock Picking
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Post Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:36 am

Re: Book(s) for a beginner?

For a newbie, my top 5 choices are:

TCP/IP Illustrated vol 1 (classic but contains critical understanding)
CounterHack Reloaded
NMAP Network Scanning
Pentester's Open Source Toolkiit 2nd ed
RFCs and man pages (ok so this is cheating in that I'm exceeding 5 entries, but this is essential reading. You will spend a lot of time doing this)

There is also some fantastic information at http://www.vulnerabilityassessment.co.u ... 0Test.html

I personally use the SANS and OSSTMM methodologies but the link above includes a framework as well as numerous links to tools that can help accomplish the testing steps. It can be a bit overwhelming and I'd never use as primary methodology but it can help flesh out the more high level frameworks.
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Post Mon Mar 14, 2011 1:07 pm

Re: Book(s) for a beginner?

It's not a book, but I would definitively add http://securitytube.net

They have lots of great video tutorials...
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Post Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:28 pm

Re: Book(s) for a beginner?

Not a book, but a great (free!) resource that was intended for the CEH exam.  It is supposed to complement the "official" review guide by Stephen DeFino, but it's a pretty good condensed list of things in its own right.

http://academic.cengage.com/resource_up ... 221998.pdf
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Post Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:06 am

Re: Book(s) for a beginner?

chrisj wrote:I have to say +1 on Equix3n-'s suggesion of counter hack reloaded.

The books out in my study areas right now are:
Dissecting the Hack
Counter Hack Reloaded
Professional Penetration Testing
Hacking the Next Generation
Practical Lock Picking


i'll never recommend the books you mentioned as a start books to learn hacking!

if you would like to start really in the field pick the following:
Programming Python
Introduction to 80x86 Assembly Language and Computer Architecture
Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, A (2nd Edition)
C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, 2nd Edition
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Post Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:05 am

Re: Book(s) for a beginner?

Newest editions of: (in case there's multiple versions)
Hacking Exposed
Gray Hat Hacking
The Web Application Hackers Handbook
The Shellcoders Handbook
The Penetration Testers Open Source Toolkit vol. 2
And of course more that I can't remember right now  :)
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Post Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:59 am

Re: Book(s) for a beginner?

mesho wrote:
i'll never recommend the books you mentioned as a start books to learn hacking!

if you would like to start really in the field pick the following:
Programming Python
Introduction to 80x86 Assembly Language and Computer Architecture
Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, A (2nd Edition)
C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, 2nd Edition



mesho,

Why not? Those are the books that I'm using / used. Based off the Original Post, I'm assuming the guy has some basic skills (Nix and Programming) already.
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Post Thu Mar 17, 2011 4:28 pm

Re: Book(s) for a beginner?

MaXe wrote:
Gray Hat Hacking
The Web Application Hackers Handbook



Yeah I had a hard time not including those 2 as well. Great books!
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Post Sun Jun 26, 2011 4:07 am

Re: Book(s) for a beginner?

another vote for Counter Hack Reloaded.. it's really a must-read for all beginners. Another book you shouldn't miss reading is Douglas Comer's TCP IP. Grab those, you'll learn a lot for sure.
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Post Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:11 am

Re: Book(s) for a beginner?

H1t M0nk3y wrote:It's not a book, but I would definitively add http://securitytube.net

They have lots of great video tutorials...


I found this site 2 weeks ago and man is it amazing!
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