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Security Tools: READ THIS FIRST

The tabs above list tools and some tutorials for their use. All of the tools presented are open source and free for download. Visit Sectools for a more comprehensive list.

For a full functionality penetration testing, security-enhanced operating system, try Backtrack 4. BackTrack contains many of the utilities you might be looking for. It includes utilities for packet sniffing, network mapping, privilege escalation, digital forensics, vulnerability scanning, etc. Among the utilities included are: Wireshark, Ettercap, Metasploit, Kismet, Nmap, Hydra, and RFMON.


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Security Research Databases and Blogs

  • SANS Reading Room
    White papers on computer security, especially about mechanisms behind attacks.
  • ISS Research by Xforce
    Extensive research paper database, handles a lot of penetration testing.
  • CERT Network Situational Awareness
    As expressed on the website, "the goal is to quantitatively characterize threats and targeted intruder activity." Good source for statistics and case studies.
  • Krebs on Security
    Very up-to-date and frequent security updates.
  • Scheiner on Security
    Deals with physical as well as cyber security.
  • Renesys Blog
    Maintained by the employees of Renesys, this blog deals mosltly with internet, engineering, and security issues.

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