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Chapter 10. Understanding Your PC Operat... > Vulnerability Information and Resour...

Vulnerability Information and Resources

The Internet is probably the best place to turn to for vulnerability information. A hacker will find an open port on your computer and research all the possible vulnerabilities that are associated with that open port. Hundreds of Web sites, mailing lists, and other forums discuss computer vulnerabilities. Table 10.2 highlights some of these resources. Regardless of your existing security experience, you should consult these resources on a regular basis to stay abreast of the latest security developments.

Table 10.2. Security Web Sites and Mailing Lists
Web SiteLocationDescription
Security Focushttp://www.securityfocus.comSecurity site containing news tools, mailing lists, and a wide variety of security-related resources
Technotronichttp://www.technotronic.com/Security site containing news, tools, mailing lists, and a wide variety of security-related resources
Nomad Mobile Research Center http://www.nmrc.org/Good information in several areas of hacking; includes tools
Packetstormhttp://packetstormsecurity.orgSecurity site containing news, tools, mailing lists, and a wide variety of security-related resources
Bugtraqhttp://www.securityfocus.comThe premier list for discussion and announcements related to new vulnerabilities: what they are, how to exploit them, and how to fix them
Forensicshttp://www.securityfocus.comDiscussion list on computer forensics—technical and policy-related issues
Incidentshttp://www.securityfocus.comDiscussion list on computer incidents—information on new attack methods, signs of intrusions, information on new worms, Trojan horses, and viruses
Pen-testhttp://www.securityfocus.comDiscussion list for penetration testing—tools, methods, techniques, and network auditing
NT Bugtraqhttp://www.ntbugtraq.comFocused discussion list for Windows-related problems



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