Malware: Fighting Malicious Code
Malware: Fighting Malicious Code is the most comprehensive book to date on the subject. The book devotes a full chapter to each type of malware, including viruses, worms, malicious mobile code, backdoors, Trojan horses, user-mode rootkits and kernel rootkits. Each chapter presents the characteristics and methods of attack, evolutionary trends and advice for how to defend against each. In addition, scenarios are presented in which malicious code has been planted in systems and directions are given for how to analyze potential and real malware safely and effectively.
The book focuses both on attacks and defenses. It reveals how attackers install malicious code and evade detection and then explains how to defeat their schemes, secure systems and protect networks from being affected by malware. The book discusses attacks in both Microsoft Windows and UNIX and Linux systems by using examples of recent kernel rootkits.
The book also introduces new ideas and theories, such as the discussions on new attacks to BIOS and Microcode. Here, the authors explain how these attacks are conducted, the results the attackers might be hoping for and how to protect from it. In Chapter 11 for instance, the authors cover reverse engineering. They use a lab setup to dissect malware and discuss some common tools and approaches, then provide a checklist for your own lab. I thought this was a nice feature, especially for people who would like to know more on this subject but are not security experts. This chapter allows them to get some hands-on experience safely in the comfort of their own labs.
The book provides great information for beginners to gain a better understanding but also provides in-depth information for more advanced users. It is well-written and fun to read. The writing style is simple but elegant, allowing readers from different backgrounds to follow the explanations and discussion. The authors have put a lot of effort into making complex topics and concepts understandable, especially with the use of analogies to help explain the difficult sections and scenarios. Malware: Fighting Malicious Code is a must read and an excellent resource.
Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
July 20, 2016 12:00 pm CDT
One of the best things about the UNIX environment (aside from being stable and efficient) is the vast array of software tools available to help you do your job. Traditionally, a UNIX tool does only one thing, but does that one thing very well. For example, grep is very easy to use and can search vast amounts of data quickly. The find tool can find a particular file or files based on all kinds of criteria. It's pretty easy to string these tools together to build even more powerful tools, such as a tool that finds all of the .log files in the /home directory and searches each one for a particular entry. This erector-set mentality allows UNIX system administrators to seem to always have the right tool for the job.
Cron traditionally has been considered another such a tool for job scheduling, but is it enough? This webinar considers that very question. The first part builds on a previous Geek Guide, Beyond Cron, and briefly describes how to know when it might be time to consider upgrading your job scheduling infrastructure. The second part presents an actual planning and implementation framework.
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With all the industry talk about the benefits of Linux on Power and all the performance advantages offered by its open architecture, you may be considering a move in that direction. If you are thinking about analytics, big data and cloud computing, you would be right to evaluate Power. The idea of using commodity x86 hardware and replacing it every three years is an outdated cost model. It doesn’t consider the total cost of ownership, and it doesn’t consider the advantage of real processing power, high-availability and multithreading like a demon.
This ebook takes a look at some of the practical applications of the Linux on Power platform and ways you might bring all the performance power of this open architecture to bear for your organization. There are no smoke and mirrors here—just hard, cold, empirical evidence provided by independent sources. I also consider some innovative ways Linux on Power will be used in the future.Get the Guide