A "fuzzer" is a program that attempts to discover security vulnerabilities by sending random data to an application. If that application crashes, then it has deffects to correct. Security professionals and web developers can use fuzzing for software testing--checking their own programs for problems--before hackers do it!
Open Source Fuzzing Tools is the first book to market that covers the subject of black box testing using fuzzing techniques. Fuzzing has been around fow a while, but is making a transition from hacker home-grown tool to commercial-grade quality assurance product. Using fuzzing, developers can find and eliminate buffer overflows and other software vulnerabilities during the development process and before release.
* Fuzzing is a fast-growing field with increasing commercial interest (7 vendors unveiled fuzzing products last year).
* Vendors today are looking for solutions to the ever increasing threat of vulnerabilities. Fuzzing looks for these vulnerabilities automatically, before they are known, and eliminates them before release.
* Software developers face an incresing demand to produce secure applications---and they are looking for any information to help them do that.
About the Author
Noam Rathaus is the co-founder and CTO of Beyond Security, a company specializing in the development of enterprise-wide security assessment technologies, vulnerability assessment-based SOCs (security operation centers) and related products. He holds an electrical engineering degree from Ben Gurion University, and has been checking the security of computer systems from the age of 13. Noam is also the editor-in-chief of SecuriTeam.com, one of the largest vulnerability databases and security portals on the Internet. He has contributed to several security-related open-source projects including an active role in the Nessus security scanner project. He has written over 150 security tests to the open source tool's vulnerability database, and also developed the first Nessus client for the Windows operating system. Noam is apparently on the hit list of several software giants after being responsible for uncovering security holes in products by vendors such as Microsoft, Macromedia, Trend Micro, and Palm. This keeps him on the run using his Nacra Catamaran, capable of speeds exceeding 14 knots for a quick getaway. Gadi Evron works for the McLean, VA-based vulnerability assessment solution vendor Beyond Security as Security Evangelist and is the chief editor of the security portal SecuriTeam. He is a known leader in the world of Internet security operations, especially regarding botnets and phishing. He is also the operations manager for the Zeroday Emergency Response Team (ZERT) and a renowned expert on corporate security and espionage threats. Previously, Gadi was Internet Security Operations Manager for the Israeli government and the manager and founder of the Israeli governments Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT).