Description

Seven Deadliest Network Attacks identifies seven classes of network attacks and discusses how the attack works, including tools to accomplish the attack, the risks of the attack, and how to defend against the attack. The book consists of seven chapters that deal with the following attacks: (i) denial of service; (ii) war dialing; (iii) penetration testing; (iv) protocol tunneling; (v) spanning tree attacks; (vi) man-in-the-middle; and (vii) password replay. These attacks are not mutually exclusive and were chosen because they help illustrate different aspects of network security. The principles on which they rely are unlikely to vanish any time soon, and they allow for the possibility of gaining something of interest to the attacker, from money to high-value data. This book is intended to provide practical, usable information. However, the world of network security is evolving very rapidly, and the attack that works today may (hopefully) not work tomorrow. It is more important, then, to understand the principles on which the attacks and exploits are based in order to properly plan either a network attack or a network defense.

Key Features

  • Knowledge is power, find out about the most dominant attacks currently waging war on computers and networks globally
  • Discover the best ways to defend against these vicious attacks; step-by-step instruction shows you how
  • Institute countermeasures, don’t be caught defenseless again, and learn techniques to make your computer and network impenetrable

Readership

Information security professionals of all levels; network admins; recreational hackers

Table of Contents

About the Authors Introduction Chapter 1 Denial of Service     How Denial of Service Works          Distributed Denial of Service          Overview of a Denial of Service Attack          Launching the Attack     Dangers of Denial of Service     Defense against Denial of Service          General Advice          Strategy          Network Configuration          DDoS Appliances          IDS/IPS Systems          Reacting to DDoS Attacks          Over-Provisioning and Adaptive Provisioning     The Future of Denial of Service          Attack          Defense     Summary     Endnotes Chapter 2 War Dialing     How War Dialing Attacks Work          Gathering Numbers for War Dialing          Sweeping for Live Modems          Modem Reply Types          War Dialing Tools     The Danger of War Dialing          Out-of-Band Support Channels          Unauthorized Employee Access          Vendor Support Modems     The Future of War Dialing     Defenses against War Dialing          Attack Surface Reduction          Modem Hardening          System Hardening          Discovery     Summary     Endnotes Chapter 3 Penetration “Testing”     How Penetration Testing Software Works     Dangers with Penetration Testing Tools          Nessus Vulnerability Scanning          Metasploit Framework          Hydra Password Attacks     Future of Penetration Testing Tools     Defenses against Penetration Testing Software          Password Complexity, Lockouts, and Logging          Endpoint Protection          Egress Filtering and Proxies          Intrusion Detection and Prevention          Logical Access Controls     Summary Chapter 4 Protocol Tunneling     How Protocol Tunneling Works          The Great Firewall          Setting Up a Channel with SSH          Corkscrew and SSH over HTTPS          SSH over HTTP          Automation     Dangers of Protocol Tunneling     Defending against Protocol Tunneling          Preventing Protocol Tunneling

Details

No. of pages:
176
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2010
Published:
Imprint:
Syngress
eBook ISBN:
9781597495509
Print ISBN:
9781597495493

About the authors

Stacy Prowell

Stacy Prowell is a senior member of the CERT technical staff, and chief scientist of STAR*Lab. He is an expert in the function-theoretic foundations of software, and is currently conducting research and development for function extraction technology. Prowell has managed both commercial and academic software development projects and consulted on design, development, and testing of applications ranging from consumer electronics to medical scanners, from small embedded real-time systems to very large distributed applications. Prior to joining the SEI in 2005, Prowell was a research professor at the University of Tennessee. To support wider adoption of rigorous methods in industry, he started the Experimentation, Simulation, and Prototyping (ESP) project at the University of Tennessee, which develops software libraries and tools to support application of model-based testing and sequence-based specification. Software developed by this program is in use by over 30 organizations. Prior to working at the university, he served as a consultant in the software industry. His research interests include rigorous software specification methods, automated statistical testing, and function-theoretic analysis of program behavior. Prowell holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee and is a member of the ACM, IEEE, and Sigma Xi.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Member of the CERT technical staff and Chief Scientist at STAR* Lab

Rob Kraus

Rob Kraus (CISSP, C|EH, MCSE) is a Senior Security Consultant for Solutionary, Inc. Rob is responsible for organizing customer requirements, on-site project management and client support while ensuring quality and timeliness of Solutionary's products and services. Rob was previously a Remote Security Services Supervisor with Digital Defense, Inc. He performed offensive-based security assessments consisting of penetration testing, vulnerability assessment, social engineering, wireless and VoIP penetration testing, web application penetration tests and vulnerability research. As a supervisor, Rob was also responsible for leading and managing a team of penetration testers who performed assessment services for Digital Defense's customers. Rob's background also includes contracting as a security analyst for AT&T during the early stages of the AT&T U-verse service as well as provisioning, optimizing, and testing OC-192 fiber-optic networks while employed with Nortel Networks. Rob also speaks at information security conferences and universities in an effort to keep the information security community informed of current security trends and attack methodologies.

Affiliations and Expertise

CISSP, C|EH, MCSE; Senior Security Consultant for Solutionary, Inc.

Mike Borkin

Mike Borkin (MCSE, GSEC Gold) is an internationally recognized author and speaker in the area of IT security where he focuses mostly on data protection strategies, Microsoft security, and security architecture/engineering best practices. In addition to contributing articles related to security to magazines and speaking engagements for groups such as SANS and The Open Group in both the US and Europe, Mike is also the Co-Author of Vista Security for Dummies.

Affiliations and Expertise

MCSE, GSEC Gold

Reviews

Attacks may and will change, but the principles, assumptions and practices being used will likely remain the same for quite some time, and the authors did a good job explaining them. And that is the real value of this book--Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security

"[Knapp] provides a quite readable introduction to industrial networks and how familiar security principles can be translated to apply in this complex area…. Whether you are charged with defending an industrial network or curious about all the "buzz" over SCADA security, Knapp's book will provide a solid introduction to this fascinating area. Definitely a recommended read."--IEEE Security.org