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Hacking Exposed Windows 2000
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Hacking Exposed Windows 2000
by Joel Scambray, Stuart McClure
Paperback - 500 pages 1st edition (August 29, 2001)
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
ISBN: 0072192623
Dimensions (in inches): 1.23 x 9.20 x 7.42

With a revised Microsoft operating system comes a revised set of security holes and means of attacking them. Hacking Exposed: Windows 2000 presents a snapshot of known Windows 2000 security weaknesses and the tools that have been developed to exploit them, in turn enabling system operators to mount better defenses. This book builds on and contributes to the small but respected Hacking Exposed series, giving network administrators a detailed picture of the threats their Windows 2000 machines face--and all the motivation they should need to install the latest patches right away. Which points out a characteristic of this book: Many of the problems it catalogs are known bugs that shouldn't be a problem if you've installed the latest fixes and have good password and privilege policies. The point: Even with this book on your shelf, keep an eye on the security sites for news of emerging problems.

Joel Scambray and Stuart McClure have chosen to organize their book according to the steps involved in system compromise (identifying a target, gaining access and privileges, using or destroying the system, and so on) as well as by area of vulnerability. In addition to well-written passages that explain general hacking strategies and concepts, the authors devote sections to software (meaning native Windows commands, tools that are part of the Windows NT/2000 Resource Kit, as well as external software). Sometimes, they'll just offer a description, but most of the time, the authors present a step-by-step guide to carrying out the exploit at hand. This is a valuable book that every Windows 2000 expert should read closely. --David Wall

Topics covered: How to break into a Windows 2000 system and, by extension, how to go about defending against attacks. Sections deal with tools for locating victim systems, gaining access to them, and either damaging them, overloading them, or using them as bases for further attacks. The authors also highlight the weaknesses in Windows 2000 services, including Internet Information Services (IIS) and Microsoft SQL Server.

Spotlight Reviews:
Reviewer: Stu Sjouwerman from Clearwater, FL United States
Now here is one of these books that you just GOTTA have. If you only buy one or two books a year, this is one of them. Remember how enthused I was about the original "Hacking Exposed" in W2Knews? Well, they have done it again, but now with an all-Windows 2000 focus. This is the end-all of hacking into your W2K servers. A must-read if you want to secure your networks and a 'Stu's Warmly Recommended!' I'm holding a fresh copy just off the presses in my hot little hands. I know what I'm going to do this weekend! It's a treasure trove of information no W2K sysadmin should be without.

Reviewer: Michael S Feldman from New York, NY United States
Truly a good book. I am a web developer, I focus on developing web applications, not security. This book really helped me to secure my own infrastructure, and helped me give much great advise to my clients. The chapters are well written and easy to understand. The authors have an in depth understand hacking (almost to the point of arousing suspicion). There are many great tools that they recommend, which will help you to assess the security of your organization.

Reviewer: Thomas W Shinder from Dallas, TX United States
I've read a number of Win2k Security and hacking books, and up to this point have been uniformly unimpressed. Most of these books talk about the theory behind various security concepts, such as how Kerberos works, how IPSec works on the packet level, etc. While this is important information, it doesn't help the working network engineer and admin with the practical aspects of securing the enterprise network. Hacking Exposed Win2k breaks the mold for Windows Security books. Every few pages you'll find an Aha! experience. I'm happy with a book that provides one or two of these. This book has hundreds of them! You can use the information IMMEDIATELY. You don't have to translate "propeller head" language into action. They give you the actions in plain English.

What's truly remarkable is that these guys *are* propeller heads, but can write so a normal person not only understands, but enjoys, what they have to say! A very rare talent. EVERYONE who runs a Win2k network needs this book. Get it and you'll not be disappointed. I'd give it 10 stars if I could.

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