The Mac Hacker's Handbook
By Charlie Miller, Dino Dai Zovi
Publisher: Wiley
Final Release Date: March 2009
Pages: 372

The honeymoon is over.

Prepare yourself to thwart Mac attacks.

Where security is concerned, Macs have long led a charmedexistence. No more. If you manage security for a network thatincludes OS X machines, this update on the strengths and weaknessesof Mac OS X is required reading.

Beginning with the core differences between Mac OS X and Windowsor Linux, this book follows the steps an attacker would take. Youwill learn the tools needed to find vulnerabilities, the techniquesused to exploit them, and the means by which attackers maintaincontrol once they gain access. When you know how they get in,you'll know how to keep them out.

  • See what makes Mac OS® X unique, what security improvementswere added with Leopard®, and where vulnerabilities lie

  • Explore uncommon protocols—Bonjour®, theQuickTime® file format, and RTSP

  • Look for bugs in Apple's source code or use a black boxtechnique such as fuzzing

  • Examine stack overflow and heap overflow attacks directed atPowerPC and x86 architectures, as well as shellcodes andpayloads

  • Learn to inject code into running processes and how attackersuse this technique

  • Understand Mac OS X-specific rootkit techniques

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