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Rootkits: Subverting the Windows Kernel by James Butler, Greg Hoglund

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Chapter 1. Leave No Trace

 

Subtle and insubstantial, the expert leaves no trace; divinely mysterious, he is inaudible. Thus he is the master of his enemy’s fate.

 
 --SUN TZU

Many books discuss how to penetrate computer systems and software. Many authors have already covered how to run hacker scripts, write buffer-overflow exploits, and craft shellcode. Notable examples include the texts Exploiting Software,[1] The Shellcoder’s Handbook,[2] and Hacking Exposed.[3]

This book is different. Instead of covering the attacks, this book will teach you how attackers stay in after the break-in. With the exception of computer forensics books, few discuss what to do after a successful penetration. In the case of forensics, the discussion is a defensive one—how ...

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