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REVIEW: "Rootkits for Dummies", Larry Stevenson/Nancy Altholz

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    BKRTKTDM.RVW 20070228 Rootkits for Dummies , Larry Stevenson/Nancy Altholz, 2007, 978-0-471-91710-6, U$29.99/C$35.99/UK#19.99 %A Larry Stevenson
    Message 1 of 1 , May 28, 2007
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      "Rootkits for Dummies", Larry Stevenson/Nancy Altholz, 2007,
      978-0-471-91710-6, U$29.99/C$35.99/UK#19.99
      %A Larry Stevenson @...
      %A Nancy Altholz @...
      %C 5353 Dundas Street West, 4th Floor, Etobicoke, ON M9B 6H8
      %D 2007
      %G 978-0-471-91710-6
      %I John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
      %O U$29.99/C$35.99/UK#19.99 416-236-4433 fax: 416-236-4448
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0471917109/robsladesinterne
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      %P 380 p.
      %T "Rootkits for Dummies"

      Part one outlines the basics of rootkits. Chapter one defines malware
      and rootkits, although many of the definitions are rather careless.
      For example, rootkits are defined, properly, in terms of software for
      hiding processes or other evidence of intrusions on the computer, but
      various passages in the chapter imply that rootkits are viruses or
      other similar malware, or that rootkits are simply any stealthy
      program. Resistance, recognition, and recovery are given, in chapter
      two, as the keys to having a resilient system. These themes are
      expanded in parts two to four, but the content provided in chapter two
      is not terribly helpful.

      Part two turns to resistance. Chapter three reviews intermediate
      level computer maintenance: many of the suggestions are beyond the
      capabilities of the average user. Similarly, chapter four's
      recommendations are good, but much of the advice would be difficult
      for a non-specialist to perform, and the explanations for items such
      as limited user accounts would not be sufficient to get them through
      the full process. It is always good to suggest users keep up to date
      with patches, but chapter five does not provide any of the
      alternatives to the Windows Update site. Miscellaneous measures are
      listed in a disorganized fashion in chapter six. Some of the material
      duplicates that given in chapter four, but there still isn't enough
      detail for the instructions to be useful for most readers.

      Recognition makes up part three. Chapter seven looks at various
      interesting means rootkits use to hide, but there is also a lot of
      uninformative verbiage taking up space, here. Detection, in chapter
      eight, is mostly restricted to advanced activities and limited
      information is provided to the reader. Chapter nine describes both
      general system tools and also software specific to rootkit detection.

      Although part four is supposed to be about recovery, the material is
      scant. An assortment of utilities, some for recovery, but a number
      for forensics, are described in chapter ten. Eleven covers the
      process of erasing the hard disk and re-installing Windows.

      Part five lists ten rootkits, in chapter twelve, and twelve security
      sites in thirteen.

      There is no indication as to the intended audience for this book. The
      material is, in most sections, far beyond the capabilities of the
      average computer user, and a great deal is even beyond the normal
      level of the average help desk worker or system administrator. At the
      same time, the specialist or researcher will find much of the text to
      be useless or superfluous, and even some of the professional class
      content is poorly explained for those who are not thoroughly familiar
      with certain utilities. The work will have some value, particularly
      for those in rarified fields of research, but the lack of consistency
      will limit that value.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2007 BKRTKTDM.RVW 20070228

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