The Hacker's Handbook: The Strategy Behind Breaking into and Defending Networks, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Hacker's Handbook

The Strategy Behind Breaking into and Defending Networks, 1st Edition

By Susan Young, Dave Aitel

Auerbach Publications

896 pages | 195 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780849308888
pub: 2003-11-24

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The Hacker’s Handbook: The Strategy Behind Breaking Into and Defending Networks, moves ahead of the pack of books about digital security by revealing the technical aspects of hacking that are least understood by network administrators. This is accomplished by analyzing subjects through a hacking/security dichotomy that details hacking maneuvers and defenses in the same context. Chapters are organized around specific technical components and administrative tasks, providing theoretical background that prepares network defenders for the always-changing and creative tools and techniques of intruders.

This book is divided into three parts. Part I introduces programming, protocol, and attack concepts.  Part II addresses subject areas (protocols, services, technologies, etc.) that may be vulnerable. Part III details consolidation activities that hackers may use following penetration.

Each section provides a “path” to hacking/security Web sites and other resources that augment existing content. Referencing these supplemental and constantly-updated resources ensures that this volume remains timely and enduring. By informing IT professionals how to think like hackers, this book serves as a valuable weapon in the fight to protect digital assets.


“By the author’s providing a ‘hacker’ perspective, readers will more fully understand the ramifications of having an insecure computer, server, network, program, database and or policy. The book [includes] … a good table of contents that is extensive, very organized and thorough … . … [T]here are important discussions of the non-technical kind [of insecurity] like policy, which is too often overlooked in many organizations. … What is most impressive about the book is its outlines of specific exploits and attacks with prescribed defenses. … Coupled with good illustrations and detailed explanations[,] this is a great resource for both academic and public libraries.”

— E-Streams, Vol. 7, No. 9, Sept. 2004

“Awesome work!”

—Anton Chuvakin, Ph.D., GCIA, GCIH, netForensics

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Table of Contents



Case Study in Subversion

Know Your Opponent

Anatomy of an Attack

Your Defensive Arsenal


The Protocols (TCP/IP) (OSI Layers 2-3)

The Protocols (TCP/IP) (OSI Layers 4-7)


Domain Name Service (DNS)

Directory Services

Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)

Hypertext Transfer Protocol (http)

Database Hacking


Network Hardware


Consolidating Gains

After the Fall


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Networking / General
COMPUTERS / Security / General