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Client-Side Attacks and Defense

Individuals wishing to attack a company’s network have found a new path of least resistance-the end user. A client- side attack is one that uses the inexperience of the end user to create a foothold in the user’s machine and therefore the network. Client-side attacks are everywhere and hidden in plain sight. Common hiding places are malicious Web sites and spam. A simple click of a link will allow the attacker to enter. This book presents a framework for defending your network against these attacks in an environment where it might seem impossible.

The most current attacks are discussed along with their delivery methods, such as browser exploitation, use of rich Internet applications, and file format vulnerabilities. The severity of these attacks is examined along with defences against them, including antivirus and anti-spyware, intrusion detection systems, and end-user education.

  • Design and implement your own attack, and test methodologies derived from the approach and framework presented by the authors
  • Learn how to strengthen your network’s host- and network-based defense against attackers’ number one remote exploit-the client-side attack
  • Defend your network against attacks that target your company’s most vulnerable asset-the end user

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Background on Attacks
Chapter 2. A Closer Look at Client-Side Attacks
Chapter 3. A History of Web Browsers
Chapter 4. The Problem with Browsers
Chapter 5. Exploring and Exploiting Active Content
Chapter 6. Browser Defenses
Chapter 7. E-mail Client Attacks
Chapter 8. E-mail Client Defenses
Chapter 9. Web Applications
Chapter 10. Web Applications and Client Defenses
Chapter 11. Other Client-Side Attack Targets
Chapter 12. Malware
Chapter 13. Client-Side Countermeasures
Chapter 14. The Road Ahead

Book Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress (October 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597495905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597495905
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