Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Version 9 Cert Guide

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Version 9 Cert Guide

by Michael Gregg

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This is the eBook edition of the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Version 9 Cert Guide. This eBook does not include the practice exam that comes with the print edition.


In this best-of-breed study guide, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Version 9 Cert Guide, leading expert Michael Gregg helps you master all the topics you need to know to succeed on your Certified Ethical Hacker Version 9 exam and advance your career in IT security. Michael’s concise, focused approach explains every exam objective from a real-world perspective, helping you quickly identify weaknesses and retain everything you need to know.


Every feature of this book is designed to support both efficient exam preparation and long-term mastery:

·         Opening Topics Lists identify the topics you need to learn in each chapter and list EC-Council’s official exam objectives

·         Key Topics figures, tables, and lists call attention to the information that’s most crucial for exam success

·         Exam Preparation Tasks enable you to review key topics, complete memory tables, define key terms, work through scenarios, and answer review questions…going beyond mere facts to master the concepts that are crucial to passing the exam and enhancing your career

·         Key Terms are listed in each chapter and defined in a complete glossary, explaining all the field’s essential terminology



This study guide helps you master all the topics on the latest CEH exam, including

·         Ethical hacking basics

·         Technical foundations of hacking

·         Footprinting and scanning

·         Enumeration and system hacking

·         Linux distro’s, such as Kali and automated assessment tools

·         Trojans and backdoors

·         Sniffers, session hijacking, and denial of service

·         Web server hacking, web applications, and database attacks

·         Wireless technologies, mobile security, and mobile attacks

·         IDS, firewalls, and honeypots

·         Buffer overflows, viruses, and worms

·         Cryptographic attacks and defenses

·         Cloud security and social engineering 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780134680859
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 03/30/2017
Series: Certification Guide
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 656
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About the Author

Michael Gregg (CISSP, SSCP, CISA, MCSE, MCT, CTT+, A+, N+, Security+, CCNA, CASP, CISA, CISM, CEH, CHFI, and GSEC) is the founder and president of Superior Solutions, Inc., a Houston, Texas-based IT security consulting firm. Superior Solutions performs security assessments and penetration testing for Fortune 1000 firms. The company has performed security assessments for private, public, and governmental agencies. Its Houston-based team travels the country to assess, audit, and provide training services.

Michael is responsible for working with organizations to develop cost-effective and innovative technology solutions to security issues and for evaluating emerging technologies. He has more than 20 years of experience in the IT field and holds two associate’s degrees, a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree. In addition to coauthoring the first, second, and third editions of Security Administrator Street Smarts, Michael has written or co-authored 14 other books, including Build Your Own Security Lab: A Field Guide for Network Testing (Wiley, 2008); Hack the Stack: Using Snort and Ethereal to Master the 8 Layers of an Insecure Network (Syngress, 2006); Certified Ethical Hacker Exam Prep 2 (Que, 2006); and Inside Network Security Assessment: Guarding Your IT Infrastructure (Sams, 2005).

Michael has been quoted in newspapers such as the New York Times and featured on various television and radio shows, including NPR, ABC, CBS, Fox News, and others, discussing cyber security and ethical hacking. He has created more than a dozen IT security training classes. He has created and performed video instruction on many security topics, such as cyber security, CISSP, CISA, Security+, and others.

When not consulting, teaching, or writing, Michael enjoys 1960s muscle cars and has a slot in his garage for a new project car.

You can reach Michael by email at MikeG@thesolutionfirm.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction xxi

Chapter 1 An Introduction to Ethical Hacking

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

Foundation Topics

Security Fundamentals

    Goals of Security

    Risk, Assets, Threats, and Vulnerabilities

    Backing Up Data to Reduce Risk

    Defining an Exploit

    Risk Assessment

Security Testing

    No-Knowledge Tests (Black Box)

    Full-Knowledge Testing (White Box)

    Partial-Knowledge Testing (Gray Box)

    Types of Security Tests

Hacker and Cracker Descriptions

    Who Attackers Are

Ethical Hackers

    Required Skills of an Ethical Hacker

    Modes of Ethical Hacking

Test Plans–Keeping It Legal

    Test Phases

    Establishing Goals

    Getting Approval

    Ethical Hacking Report

    Vulnerability Research–Keeping Up with Changes

Ethics and Legality

    Overview of U.S. Federal Laws

    Compliance Regulations

        Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS)


Exam Preparation Tasks

Hands-On Labs

    Lab 1-1 Examining Security Policies

Review Questions

Chapter 2 The Technical Foundations of Hacking

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

Foundation Topics

The Attacker’s Process

    Performing Reconnaissance and Footprinting

    Scanning and Enumeration

    Gaining Access

    Escalation of Privilege

    Maintaining Access

    Covering Tracks and Planting Backdoors

The Ethical Hacker’s Process

    NIST SP 800-15

    Operationally Critical Threat, Asset, and Vulnerability Evaluation

    Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual

Security and the Stack

    The OSI Model

    Anatomy of TCP/IP Protocols

        The Application Layer

        The Transport Layer

        The Internet Layer

        The Network Access Layer


Exam Preparation Tasks


    2.1 Install a Sniffer and Perform Packet Captures

    2.2 List the Protocols, Applications, and Services Found at Each Layer of the Stack

Chapter 3 Footprinting and Scanning

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

Foundation Topics

Overview of the Seven-Step Information-Gathering Process

Information Gathering


    The Organization’s Website

    Job Boards

    Employee and People Searches

    EDGAR Database

    Google Hacking


    Registrar Query

    DNS Enumeration

Determining the Network Range


Identifying Active Machines

Finding Open Ports and Access Points





    Port Knocking

    War Driving

OS Fingerprinting

    Active Fingerprinting Tools

Fingerprinting Services

    Default Ports and Services

    Finding Open Services

Mapping the Network Attack Surface

    Manual Mapping

    Automated Mapping


Exam Preparation Tasks


    3.1 Performing Passive Reconnaissance

    3.2 Performing Active Reconnaissance

Chapter 4 Enumeration and System Hacking

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

Foundation Topics


    Windows Enumeration

    Windows Security

    NetBIOS and LDAP Enumeration

        NetBIOS Enumeration Tools

    SNMP Enumeration

    Linux/UNIX Enumeration

    NTP Enumeration

    SMTP Enumeration

    DNS Enumeration

System Hacking

    Nontechnical Password Attacks

    Technical Password Attacks

        Password Guessing

        Automated Password Guessing

        Password Sniffing


    Privilege Escalation and Exploiting Vulnerabilities

        Exploiting an Application

        Exploiting a Buffer Overflow

    Owning the Box

        Windows Authentication Types

        Cracking Windows Passwords

        Linux Authentication and Passwords

        Cracking Linux Passwords

    Hiding Files and Covering Tracks


        File Hiding


Exam Preparation Tasks


    4.1 NTFS File Streaming

Review Questions

Chapter 5 Malware Threats

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

Foundation Topics

Viruses and Worms

    Types and Transmission Methods of Viruses

    Virus Payloads

    History of Viruses

    Well-Known Viruses

    Virus Tools


    Trojan Types

    Trojan Ports and Communication Methods

    Trojan Goals

    Trojan Infection Mechanisms

    Effects of Trojans

    Trojan Tools

    Distributing Trojans

Covert Communication

    Tunneling via the Internet Layer

    Tunneling via the Transport Layer

    Tunneling via the Application Layer

    Port Redirection

Keystroke Logging and Spyware

    Hardware Keyloggers

    Software Keyloggers


Malware Countermeasures

    Detecting Malware


    Analyzing Malware

        Static Analysis

        Dynamic Analysis


Exam Preparation Tasks


    5.1 Finding Malicious Programs

    5.2 Using Process Explorer

Review Questions

Chapter 6 Sniffers, Session Hijacking, and Denial of Service

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

Foundation Topics


    Passive Sniffing

    Active Sniffing

        Address Resolution Protocol

        ARP Poisoning and MAC Flooding

    Tools for Sniffing


        Other Sniffing Tools

    Sniffing and Spoofing Countermeasures

Session Hijacking

    Transport Layer Hijacking

        Identify and Find an Active Session

        Predict the Sequence Number

        Take One of the Parties Offline

        Take Control of the Session

    Application Layer Hijacking

        Session Sniffing

        Predictable Session Token ID

        Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

        Man-in-the-Browser Attacks

        Client-Side Attacks

        Session Replay Attacks

        Session Fixation Attacks

    Session Hijacking Tools

    Preventing Session Hijacking

Denial of Service and Distributed Denial of Service

    DoS Attack Techniques

        Bandwidth Attacks

        SYN Flood Attacks

        ICMP Attacks

        Peer-to-Peer Attacks

        Program- and Application-Level Attacks

        Permanent DoS Attacks

    Distributed Denial of Service

        DDoS Tools

        DoS and DDOS Countermeasures


Exam Preparation Tasks


    6.1 Scanning for DDoS Programs

    6.2 Using SMAC to Spoof Your MAC Address

Review Questions

Chapter 7 Web Server Hacking, Web Applications, and Database Attacks

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

Foundation Topics

Web Server Hacking

    Scanning Web Servers

    Banner Grabbing and Enumeration

    Web Server Vulnerability Identification

    Attacking the Web Server

        DoS/DDoS Attacks

        DNS Server Hijacking and DNS Amplification Attacks

        Directory Traversal

        Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

        Website Defacement

        Web Server Misconfiguration

        HTTP Response Splitting

        Web Server Password Cracking

        IIS Vulnerabilities

        Automated Exploit Tools

        Securing Web Servers

Web Application Hacking

    Unvalidated Input

    Parameter/Form Tampering

    Injection Flaws

    Cross-Site Scripting and Cross-Site Request Forgery Attacks

    Hidden Field Attacks

        Other Web Application Attacks

    Attacking Web-Based Authentication

    Web-Based Password Cracking and Authentication Attacks


        URL Obfuscation

    Intercepting Web Traffic

    Securing Web Applications

Database Hacking

    Identifying SQL Servers

    SQL Injection Vulnerabilities

    SQL Injection Hacking Tools


Exam Preparation Tasks


    7.1 Review CVEs and Buffer Overflows

Review Questions

Chapter 8 Wireless Technologies, Mobile Security, and Attacks

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

Foundation Topics

Wireless Technologies

    Wireless History

    Satellite TV

    Cordless Phones

Mobile Device Operation and Security

    Mobile Device Concerns

    Mobile Device Platforms



        Windows Phone


        Mobile Device Management and Protection


Wireless LANs

    Wireless LAN Basics

    Wireless LAN Frequencies and Signaling

    Wireless LAN Security

    Wireless LAN Threats


        Configured as Open Authentication

        Rogue and Unauthorized Access Points

        Denial of Service (DoS)

    Wireless Hacking Tools

        Discover Wi-Fi Networks

        Perform GPS Mapping

        Wireless Traffic Analysis

        Launch Wireless Attacks

        Crack and Compromise the Wi-Fi Network

    Securing Wireless Networks

        Defense in Depth

        Site Survey

        Robust Wireless Authentication

        Misuse Detection


Exam Preparation Tasks

Review Questions

Chapter 9 IDS, Firewalls, and Honeypots

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

Foundation Topics

Intrusion Detection Systems

    IDS Types and Components

    Pattern Matching and Anomaly Detection


    IDS Evasion


        Insertion and Evasion

        Session Splicing

        Shellcode Attacks

        Other IDS Evasion Techniques

        IDS Evasion Tools


    Firewall Types

        Network Address Translation

        Packet Filters

        Application and Circuit-Level Gateways

        Stateful Inspection

    Identifying Firewalls

        Bypassing Firewalls


    Types of Honeypots

    Detecting Honeypots


Exam Preparation Tasks

Review Questions

Chapter 10 Physical Security and Social Engineering

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

Foundation Topics

Physical Security

    Threats to Physical Security

    Physical Security for Documentation and Storage Media

    Equipment Controls


        Fax Machines

    Area Controls

    Location Data and Geotagging

    Facility Controls

    Personal Safety Controls

        Fire Prevention, Detection, and Suppression

    Physical Access Controls


    Defense in Depth

Social Engineering

    Six Types of Social Engineering

    Person-to-Person Social Engineering

    Computer-Based Social Engineering

        Phishing, Social Networking, and Targeted Attacks

    Reverse Social Engineering

    Policies and Procedures

        Employee Hiring and Termination Policies

        Help Desk Procedures and Password Change Policies

        Employee Identification

        Privacy Policies

        Governmental and Commercial Data Classification

        User Awareness


Exam Preparation Tasks


    10.1 Encrypting Data at Rest for Added Physical Security

Review Questions

Chapter 11 Cryptographic Attacks and Defenses

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

Foundation Topics

Functions of Cryptography

History of Cryptography


    Symmetric Encryption

        Data Encryption Standard (DES)

        Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)

        Rivest Cipher

    Asymmetric Encryption (Public Key Encryption)




        Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC)


        Digital Signature


        Digital Certificates

Public Key Infrastructure

    Trust Models

        Single-Authority Trust

        Hierarchical Trust

        Web of Trust

Protocols, Applications, and Attacks

    Encryption Cracking and Tools

        Weak Encryption

        Encryption-Cracking Tools


Exam Preparation Tasks


    11.1 Examining an SSL Certificate

    11.2 Using PGP

    11.3 Using a Steganographic Tool to Hide a Message

Review Questions

Chapter 12 Cloud Computing and Botnets

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

Foundation Topics

Cloud Computing

    Cloud Computing Issues and Concerns

    Cloud Computing Attacks

    Cloud Computing Security


    Botnet Countermeasures


Exam Preparation Tasks


    12.1 Scanning for DDoS Programs

Review Questions

Chapter 13 Final Preparation

Hands-on Activities

Suggested Plan for Final Review and Study




Online Content:


Appendix A Answers to the “Do I Know This Already?” Quizzes and Review Questions

Appendix B Memory Tables

Appendix C Memory Tables Answer Key



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