Amazon.com just posted my three star review of Penetration Testing and Network Defense. This was another disappointment that duped me into trying to read it. From the review:
Penetration testing is becoming a hot topic again, but the available books on the subject continue to underwhelm. Penetration Testing and Network Defense (PTAND), published in the fall of 2005, would be a four star book if it had been published two years earlier. Stephen Northcutt, unlike all other reviewers, noticed this fact as well. When you combine this problem with PTAND with several other deficiencies, the result is a book you can unfortunately skip.
On a brighter pen testing note, I read that work is progressing on version 3.0 of Pete Herzog's Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual (OSSTMM). Maybe we'll see a new version in a few weeks?
Also, the Active Filter Detection tool implements a cool function needed by OSSTM.