Jun 15, 2012

Summer Reading List

As every single year, summer is coming and with it the same doubts about what to read or what to conserve for the cold winter.

The problem, as always, is the time available for this enormous pleasure (and intellectual need), so I've decided to organize myself following several recommendations


In summary I agree with the author of the tips that it's all about focus and it's easier to focus if you're really interested in the topic you're reading. I'm gonna start with a plan. Usually plans are made to accomplish them. Unfortunately, because of multiple reasons not always you can get them accomplished. So, please, don't judge me if I can't afford the complete plan, just think it's a way to organize my wish list of readings :) Let's plan:

June 2012

Currently I'm reading the book "Detecting Malice" by the well known Robert "RSnake" Hansen - if you're curious about Information Security you must have read some post of his blog and probably played with his famous XSS Cheat Sheet. I don't to reveal you so much content of the book, first of all because I'm still reading it, (I've read very fast the first half of it) and secondly, because I want to give you more details in a subsequent post.

There are the other books I wanna read during this month:
  • "The Tangled Web: A Guide to Securing Modern Web Applications", by Michal Zalewski.
  • Ok, it's enough technical reading ... let's change the topic: "Zero day", by Mark Russinovich ... Oh, wait! - (in fact, I've started reading this book past February, but I left it - How I hate that!  - specially because I liked it meanwhile I read it, however, as I said previously ... some circumstances... I must finish it!)
July 2012

More technical readings for this month....
  • "Hacking: The Art of Exploitation", 2nd Ed by Jon Erickson
  • "Malware Analyst's Cookbook", is written by Michael Ligh, Steven Adair, Blake Harstein, and Matt Richard. This book it has almost 2 years now but I believe could be a good reference book. (by the way, here you have a list of some Malware analysis books).
August 2012

Here I hope to have additional time for reading ...
  • "Ghost in the Wires" by Kevin Mitnick and William L. Simon.
  • "A Bug's Hunter Diary" by Tobias Klain. I really don't have very good references about this book, however I like the topic and I would be wrong in my preconception.
It isn't a very ambitious list, so maybe I can deal with all this reading.

Enjoy your summer reading too.

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