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REVIEW: "Honeypots for Windows", Roger A. Grimes

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Ha
    BKHNPTWN.RVW 20050614 Honeypots for Windows , Roger A. Grimes, 2005, 1-59059-335-9, U$39.99 %A Roger A. Grimes roger@banneretcs.com %C 2560 Ninth
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      "Honeypots for Windows", Roger A. Grimes, 2005, 1-59059-335-9, U$39.99
      %A Roger A. Grimes roger@...
      %C 2560 Ninth Street, Suite 219, Berkeley, CA 94710
      %D 2005
      %G 1-59059-335-9
      %I Apress
      %O U$39.99 510-549-5930 fax 510-549-5939 info@...
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1590593359/robsladesinterne
      %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1590593359/robsladesin03-20
      %O Audience i+ Tech 2 Writing 1 (see revfaq.htm for explanation)
      %P 392 p.
      %T "Honeypots for Windows"

      Now, we all know that honeypots can be fun: turning the tables on the
      blackhats, and watching what they are doing for once. We'll even
      acknowledge that the information honeypots provide can be useful,
      teaching us the types of approaches and activities that intruders are
      likely to undertake. But Grimes, in the introduction, stresses the
      position that honeypots are important security tools used for
      protection: that the extensive employment of honeypots will somehow
      "put an end" to script kiddies and the myriad attacks we see flying
      around the nets.

      Part one is about general honeypot concepts. Chapter one is an
      introduction to honeypots, looking at different honeypots and some
      common attack types, and has an extremely terse mention of the fact
      that there are risks associated with using honeypots. Components and
      simple topologies for honeypots are listed in chapter two.

      Part two moves specifically to Windows honeypots. Chapter two lists
      the ports that a Windows computer typically has open, and provides
      some (but not much) information on how the major ones work. A set of
      questions to ask yourself about how you want to operate and configure
      your honeypot are in chapter three, along with generic advice about
      hardening the computer if you use Windows as the native operating
      system. There is a table of services that you might want to turn off.
      There is also an inventory of programs you may wish to remove: it
      contains rather dated entries such as edlin.exe, but doesn't mention
      items such as tftp.exe. Chapters five to seven are concerned with the
      honeyd program and its Windows port, first in regard to description
      and installation, then configuration options, and finally service
      scripts. Other honeypot programs; Back Officer Friendly (BOF),
      LaBrea, SPECTER, KFSensor, Patriot Box, and Jackpot; are outlined in
      chapter eight, with the commercial entries getting the bulk of the

      Part three deals with the operation of honeypots. Chapter nine has
      some basic traffic analysis information, mostly documentation for the
      use of the Ethereal packet sniffer and the Snort intrusion detection
      system. A number of tools for monitoring your system are listed in
      chapter ten. Even though the title is "Honeypot Data Analysis," most
      of chapter eleven records more monitoring tools. Grimes reprises some
      of his stuff from "Malicious Mobile Code" (cf. BKMLMBCD.RVW), and adds
      a catalogue of assembly tools, to talk about analysing such code in
      chapter twelve.

      As a compilation of utilities, the book will probably be a handy
      reference for those who are interested in trying out a honeypot, or
      possibly just getting more information from their Windows computer.
      Network administrators who are seriously interested in actually
      running a honeypot or reviewing the data thus collected should
      probably look into "Know Your Enemy" (cf. BKKNYREN.RVW) or "Honeypots"
      (cf. BKHNYPOT.RVW), both by Spitzner.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2005 BKHNPTWN.RVW 20050614

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