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This book is old and so it takes a bit longer to setup the labs and follow along with all the exercises in 2021 than when it was written. However, it's still a very good book with all the key information and basic techniques for learning the basics. It would be awesome if this book was updated and revised to make everything current and easier to follow, but I doubt that is likely to happen. I'd still recommend this book for someone who is interested in learning the basics and who has some time and patience to follow along.
This is probably the best introduction to pentesting book out there, and in the absence of a guide aligned with Offensive Security's notorious and esteemed OSCP certification, it is also the best option for anyone preparing for that course. Admittedly some of the links no longer work, but workarounds for them are easy to find if you have a search online, which is probably a skill you should be getting comfortable with if you're going down this road anyway. Weidman has mentioned on her Twitter feed that she's currently researching new vulnerabilities and material for the second edition, but I wouldn't expect to see that in the near future. Check out her free videos on Cybrary as well - her Advanced Penetration Testing course closely mirrors the layout of this book.
Stay away from this book, it’s dry, lacks personality and the exercises are dated. Georgia proudly states get in contact for up to date resources then, doesn’t reply. And when you do eventually get a reply by hounding her on twitter etc. she generally states I’m very busy running my own enterprise and I don’t really have time to respond to your request. The book is filled with her own self importance and as an absolute beginner this book really sidelined the importance of community in the infosec space.
I decided to learn Pentesting/Ethical Hacking as a retirement project and this is the only book that actually starts at the begining, and explains in detail how to setup a testing lab on a single machine, so you can actually do some REAL testing. I'm also impressed that the book sticks to it's title and is about Pentesting and doesn't waste hundreds of pages on Coding which is how other Pentesting books fill far too many pages. I have several other Pentesting books but this way ahead of them all.
I have a good knowledge of computers and i work in software development and have done for a number of years so would say I was quite technically minded. Now you have my background, I bought this but swiftly returned it. Looks a great book but you need a copy of Windows XP and Windows 7. These I can do but you also need to download programs such as Nessus however the version in the book is no longer available and you aren't even able to access the website for Nessus through Kali. No amount of Google has resolved the issues for me. I dont understand how other people writing recent reviews here have gotten through this book but I can't even ask because theres no 'ask a question' about this item. Quite frankly I'd wait for an updated version which apparently Georgia is writing. This one is unfortunately past it.
A little dated now but then with most tech if it goes to print its probably already outdated it moves that fast. It is still a very good solid starting point. When I was forst starting out I found that a lot of books expect people to just know things which in somw respect if you're going to read this book and be serious about it then you should brish up on other aspects raised in the book. This lays a very good foundation and even points out that some of the tutorials in it will more than likely be outdated since ita print but the processes are very similar
Great book, very informative and full of hands on knowledge that is demonstrable and practicable with few requirements (an at least half decent computer/laptop). Some of the information is a little outdated but that is to be expected with Cyber Security being an ever accelerating and developing industry. Another small issue I have is that the spine of the book has peeled away, I wouldn't usually mind but I've only had it for around two weeks so far, other than that I highly recommend!
Great Book, I am loving the exercises. Even though many people have said it is outdated, the material is still super relavant. It does take a bit of troubleshooting to get it setup exactly as instructed, with Kali2. Cant wait to progress and gain even more skills and knowledge. Book is easy to understand.