OS X for Hackers at Heart

By

  • Bruce Potter, Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, USA
  • Chris Hurley, Chris Hurley is a Senior Penetration Tester in the Washington, DC area. He has more than 10 years of experience performing penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, and general INFOSEC grunt work. He is the founder of the WorldWide WarDrive, a four-year project to assess the security posture of wireless networks deployed throughout the world. Chris was also the original organizer of the DEF CON WarDriving contest. He is the lead author of WarDriving: Drive, Detect, Defend (Syngress Publishing, ISBN: 19318360305). He has contributed to several other Syngress publications, including Penetration Tester's Open Source Toolkit (ISBN: 1-5974490210), Stealing the Network: How to Own an Identity (ISBN: 1597490067), InfoSec Career Hacking (ISBN: 1597490113), and OS X for Hackers at Heart (ISBN: 1597490407). He has a BS from Angelo State University in Computer Science and a whole bunch of certifications to make himself feel important.
  • Johnny Long, A Christian by grace, a professional hacker by trade, a pirate by blood, a ninja in training, a security researcher and author who lurks at his website (http://johnny.ihackstuff.com) and is the founder of Hackers For Charity(http://ihackcharities.org), an organization that provides hackers with job experience while leveraging their skills for charities that need them
  • Tom Owad, Macintosh Consultant and Vice President of Keystone MacCentral
  • Russ Rogers, Russ Rogers (CISSP, CISM, IAM, IEM, Hon. Sc.D.), author of the popular "Hacking a Terror Network: The Silent Threat of Covert Channels" (Syngress, ISBN: 978-1-928994-98-5), co-author of multiple books, including the best-selling "Stealing the Network: How to Own a Continent" (Syngress, ISBN: 978-1-931836-05-0) and "Network Security Evaluation Using the NSA IEM" (Syngress, ISBN: 978-1-59749-035-1), and former editor-in-chief of The Security Journal, is currently a penetration tester for a federal agency and the co-founder and chief executive officer of Peak Security, Inc., a veteran-owned small business based in Colorado Springs, CO. Russ has been involved in information technology since 1980 and has spent the past 20 years working as both an IT and InfoSec consultant. Russ has worked with the U.S. Air Force (USAF), National Security Agency (NSA), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and other federal agencies. He is a globally renowned security expert, speaker, and author who has presented at conferences around the world in Amsterdam, Tokyo, Singapore, São Paulo, Abu Dhabi, and cities all over the United States. Russ has an honorary doctorate of science in information technology from the University of Advancing Technology, a master's degree in computer systems management from the University of Maryland, a bachelor of science degree in computer information systems from the University of Maryland, and an associate's degree in applied communications technology from the Community College of the Air Force. He is a member of ISSA and (ISC)2® (CISSP). Russ also teaches at and fills the role of professor of network security for the University of Advancing Technology (www.uat.edu).

The sexy, elegant design of the Apple PowerBook combined with the Unix-like OS X operating system based on FreeBSD, have once again made OS X the Apple of every hacker’s eye. In this unique and engaging book covering the brand new OS X 10.4 Tiger, the world’s foremost “true hackers” unleash the power of OS X for everything form cutting edge research and development to just plain old fun.OS X 10.4 Tiger is a major upgrade for Mac OS X for running Apple’s Macintosh computers and laptops. This book is not a reference to every feature and menu item for OS X. Rather, it teaches hackers of all types from software developers to security professionals to hobbyists, how to use the most powerful (and often obscure) features of OS X for wireless networking, WarDriving, software development, penetration testing, scripting administrative tasks, and much more.
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With sexy hardware, a powerful operating system, and easy to use applications, Apple has made OS X the operating system of choice for hackers everywhere. But as great as OS X is out of the box, hackers are eager to push the boundaries by tweaking and tuning the software and hardware in order to do the things that really excite them such as penetration testing or software development. These modifications are often sexy in their own right and drive the OS X community even deeper into the realm of "elite." This book attempts to capture these purpose-driven modifications and shows how the best and brightest use OS X to do cutting edge research, development, and just plain fooling around. OS X 10.4 Tiger is a major upgrade for Mac OS X for running Apple’s Macintosh computers and laptops. This book is not a reference to every feature and menu item for OS X. Rather, it teaches hackers of all types from software developers to security professionals to hobbyists, how to use the most powerful (and often obscure) features of OS X for wireless networking, WarDriving, software development, penetration testing, scripting administrative tasks, and much more.

 

Book information

  • Published: November 2005
  • Imprint: SYNGRESS
  • ISBN: 978-1-59749-040-5


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: OS X for the Road warrior Chapter 2: Using OS X to Sling Multiplatform Code Chapter 3: A System Administrator’s Guide to OS X Chapter 4: OS X Host Security Chapter 5: OS X as a Status Symbol Chapter 6: OS X as a PenTest Platform Chapter 7: Wardriving with OS X Chapter 8: OS X Scripting and Power Tools Chapter 9: Stupid OS X Tricks