Essential Skills for Hackers
By Kevin Cardwell, Henry Dalziel
Publisher: Elsevier / Syngress
Final Release Date: December 2015
Pages: 48

Essential Skills for Hackers is about the skills you need to be in the elite hacker family.

The book will mainly about two things: TCP/IP 101, and Protocol Analysis.  The better the hacker, the more we will be able to master TCP/IP. Once the reader understands what TCP/IP is, what it looks like, the book will go into Protocol Analysis and how analyzing the protocol or, in a more general sense, looking at packets on the wire, we will be able to determine what exactly is taking place on a network. By doing this, readers can identify when something on the network doesn’t match what it should and, more importantly, can create any type of sequence of events or packets that they want on the network and see how the defenses or the machines that we send them to react.

  • Presents an foundation for the skills required to be an elite hacker.
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Tragically awful

By OffKilter

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    • Difficult to understand
    • Not comprehensive enough
    • Too basic
    • Too many errors

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    Comments about oreilly Essential Skills for Hackers:

    Could not agree more with the first two and the last two sentences in the review by "mvl" - there is no way this was professionally edited at all. The writing is something I would expect out of a B-average high-school sophomore who spent a few afternoons reading Wikipedia articles on TCP/IP.

    The words "thing" and "stuff" are used frequently when a more useful word can be found used nearby. There are many "This works because this is how it works"-style explanations that would leave a beginner in a worse place than if they had never picked up the book.

    This is an actual quote from the book, regarding layer 2 of the OSI model (page 18 of PDF):

    "That identifies the data of the service that receives it and determines its behavior, what it's going to do, and the essential component of all your hacking."

    Did a human write this, or did a Markov chain?

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    Info good, writing baaad.

    By mvl

    from Palo Alto, CA

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    Comments about oreilly Essential Skills for Hackers:

    This book could benefit from being professionally editied. It seems to have been dictated from a lecture or perhaps translated (poorly). The information is good, as it starts from the basics of TCP/IP and works up through the OSI layers. But the writing is so bad I have to re-read and translate what's being said. I would expect more from the publisher.

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