Saturday, June 24, 2006

This Is No Jokey

This book cover always elicits a laugh.



The idea that "hacking" is for "dummies" always bothered me. Is that all it takes to 0wn a system? Even a dummy could do it? Yes, that is a real book, with a second edition en route.

Today, I see this.



As we used to say when teaching at Foundstone, "this is no jokey." Are they kidding me? Who is the dummy here -- the person who is writing the rootkits or the person who buys this real book expecting to remove a rootkit? It's definitely not the former. For the latter, maybe the removal section is just this advice:

  1. Reformat hard drive.

  2. Reinstall from trusted media.

  3. Repeat as necessary.


Honestly, the number of people who could even try to recover from a real rootkit installation number in the dozens. Who is supposed to buy this new book? What is really in it? I don't plan to review it -- my reading list is already a mile deep and my wish list is almost as high.

3 comments:

Joe said...

Whenever someone at work leaves their workstation unlocked, we set their background to the "hacking for dummies" image.

devloop said...

I don't know which is real and which is not but if you want you can create a fake "for dummies" cover here : http://www.signgenerator.org/books/dummies/
;)

Anonymous said...

I actually saw "The Koran for Dummies" sitting in someone's car earlier this week.