Linux and Automated Security Assessment Tools

Introduction

This Chapter introduces you to Linux. Linux is used to power many of the servers found around the world. It is a robust, full-featured operating system. It is a hacker's favorite because it is easy to develop programs, and it is a great platform for building and testing security tools. We look at Linux basics, how passwords are stored, and the format they are stored in. Hacking Linux is also discussed, and you will get to see that although the hacking tools might change, the overall process remains the same as with Windows hacking.

The second half of the Chapter looks at automated assessment tools. If you have yet to perform any security assessments or penetration tests, you'll discover how valuable these tools can be. With limited manpower and time, automated security tools can be a big help with filling in the gaps. Automated assessment tools can be used to scan code, applications, or entire networks depending on their design. Some of the more popular automated assessment tools include Flawfinder, Nessus, Saint, and Metasploit. Each of these is examined in this Chapter.

Linux

Part I: Exam Preparation

The Business Aspects of Penetration Testing

The Technical Foundations of Hacking

Footprinting and Scanning

Enumeration and System Hacking

Linux and Automated Security Assessment Tools

Trojans and Backdoors

Sniffers, Session Hijacking, and Denial of Service

Web Server Hacking, Web Applications, and Database Attacks

Wireless Technologies, Security, and Attacks

IDS, Firewalls, and Honeypots

Buffer Overflows, Viruses, and Worms

Cryptographic Attacks and Defenses

Physical Security and Social Engineering

Part II: Final Review

Part III: Appendixes

Appendix A. Using the ExamGear Special Edition Software

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Certified Ethical Hacker Exam Prep
Certified Ethical Hacker Exam Prep
ISBN: 0789735318
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2007
Pages: 247
Authors: Michael Gregg
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