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Python for Security and Networking - Third Edition

By : José Ortega
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Python for Security and Networking - Third Edition

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By: José Ortega

Overview of this book

Python’s latest updates add numerous libraries that can be used to perform critical security-related missions, including detecting vulnerabilities in web applications, taking care of attacks, and helping to build secure and robust networks that are resilient to them. This fully updated third edition will show you how to make the most of them and improve your security posture. The first part of this book will walk you through Python scripts and libraries that you’ll use throughout the book. Next, you’ll dive deep into the core networking tasks where you will learn how to check a network’s vulnerability using Python security scripting and understand how to check for vulnerabilities in your network – including tasks related to packet sniffing. You’ll also learn how to achieve endpoint protection by leveraging Python packages along with writing forensics scripts. The next part of the book will show you a variety of modern techniques, libraries, and frameworks from the Python ecosystem that will help you extract data from servers and analyze the security in web applications. You’ll take your first steps in extracting data from a domain using OSINT tools and using Python tools to perform forensics tasks. By the end of this book, you will be able to make the most of Python to test the security of your network and applications.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)
Section 1: Python Environment and System Programming Tools
Section 2: Network Scripting and Packet Sniffing with Python
Section 3: Server Scripting and Port Scanning with Python
Section 4: Server Vulnerabilities and Security in Web Applications
Section 5: Python Forensics
Assessments – Answers to the End-of-Chapter Questions
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In this chapter, we learned about the different modules that allow us to extract information that servers expose publicly. We began by discussing the main OSINT tools used to extract information from servers and looked at details of specific tools like SpiderFoot. This was followed by the dnspython module, which we used to extract DNS records from a specific domain. Finally, we learned about the fuzzing process and used the FuzzDB project to test vulnerabilities in servers.

The tools we have discussed, and the information you extracted from servers, will be useful for later phases of our pentesting or audit process.

In the next chapter, we will explore the Python programming packages that interact with the FTP, SSH, and SNMP servers.