A Bug Hunter's Diary

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No Starch Press, Incorporated, Oct 11, 2011 - Computer security - 211 pages
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Although ominous-sounding terms like OC zero-dayOCO and OC exploitOCO are widely used, even many security professionals donOCOt know how bug hunters actually find and attack software security flaws. In A Bug HunterOCOs Diary, readers follow along with security expert Tobias Klein as he tracks down and exploits bugs in some of the worldOCOs most popular programs. Whether by browsing source code, poring over disassembly, or fuzzing live programs, readers get an over-the-shoulder glimpse into the world of a bug hunter as Klein unearths security flaws and uses them to take control of affected systems. Readers learn about critical vulnerabilities in Mac OS X, Linux, Oracle Solaris, and the iPhone OS, among others. They also learn how the developers responsible for these flaws responded to KleinOCOs discoveries?or didnOCOt seem to respond at all. In this one-of-a-kind guide that mixes the personal with the deeply technical, readers learn how hackers approach difficult problems, see the fallout of a security advisory, and understand the true joys (and frustrations) of bug hunting.

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A great collection of real live bug finding in closed and open source software. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Tobias Klein is a security researcher and founder of NESO Security Labs, an information security consulting and research company based in Heilbronn, Germany. As a vulnerability researcher, Tobias has identified and helped to fix numerous security vulnerabilities. He is the author of two other information security books published in German by dpunkt.verlag of Heidelberg, Germany.

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