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Malicious code is a set of instructions that runs on your computer and makes
your system do something that you do not want it to do. For example, it can
delete sensitive configuration files from your hard drive, rendering your
computer completely inoperable; infect your computer and use it as a jumpingoff
point to spread to all of your buddies' computers; and steal files from your
machine. Malicious code in the hands of a crafty attacker is indeed powerful.
It's becoming even more of a problem because many of the very same factors
fueling the evolution of the computer industry are making our systems even
more vulnerable to malicious code. Specifically, malicious code writers benefit
from the trends toward mixing static data and executable instructions,
increasingly homogenous computing environments, unprecedented
connectivity, an ever-larger clueless user base, and an unfriendly world. Skoudis
addressed malicious code in just one chapter of his previous book. Here, a
dozen chapters focus on one of the most interesting and rapidly developing
areas of computer attacks.
*Chapter 11, "Defender's Toolbox," rolls together the defensive strategies
described in the book. As a bonus, Skoudis gives recipes for creating your own
malicious code analysis laboratory using cheap hardware and software.
*Foreword by Gene Schultz, security inspector for Global Integrity.
Computer security expert and highly acclaimed author Ed Skoudis focuses on one of the biggest areas of computer attacks--malicious code.
° Real-world tools needed to prevent, detect, and handle malicious code attacks.
° Computer infection from viruses, worms, Trojan Horses etc., collectively known as malware is a growing cost problem for businesses.
° Discover how attackers install malware and how you can peer through their schemes to keep systems safe.
° Bonus malware code analysis laboratory.
Defining the Problem. Why Is Malicious Code So Prevalent? Types of Malicious Code. Malicious Code History. Why This Book? What To Expect. References.
"This is a truly outstanding book-enormous technical wealth and beautifully written."
"Ed does it again, piercing the veil of mystery surrounding many of the more technical aspects of computer security!"
-Harlan Carvey, CISSP
"This book is entertaining and informative, while justifiably scaring you. Luckily it also tells you how to protect yourself, but makes you realize it's going to be a permanent spy-vs-spy struggle."
-Radia Perlman, Distinguished Engineer, Sun Microsystems
Ignoring the threat of malware is one of the most reckless things you can do in today's increasingly hostile computing environment. Malware is malicious code planted on your computer, and it can give the attacker a truly alarming degree of control over your system, network, and data-all without your knowledge! Written for computer pros and savvy home users by computer security expert Edward Skoudis, Malware: Fighting Malicious Code covers everything you need to know about malware, and how to defeat it!
This book devotes a full chapter to each type of malware-viruses, worms, malicious code delivered through Web browsers and e-mail clients, backdoors, Trojan horses, user-level RootKits, and kernel-level manipulation. You'll learn about the characteristics and methods of attack, evolutionary trends, and how to defend against each type of attack. Real-world examples of malware attacks help you translate thought into action, and a special defender's toolbox chapter shows how to build your own inexpensive code analysis lab to investigate new malware specimens on your own. Throughout, Skoudis' clear, engaging style makes the material approachable and enjoyable to learn. This book includes:
Malware: Fighting Malicious Code is intended for system administrators, network personnel, security personnel, savvy home computer users, and anyone else interested in keeping their systems safe from attackers.
ED SKOUDIS is a computer security consultant with International Network Services. Ed's expertise includes hacker attacks and defenses, the information security industry, and computer privacy issues. He has performed numerous security assessments, designed secure network architectures, and responded to computer attacks. A frequent speaker on issues associated with hacker tools and effective defenses, Ed has published several articles, as well as the highly acclaimed Counter Attack: A Step-by-Step Guide to Computer Attacks and Effective Defenses (Prentice Hall PTR, 2001).