Because SATAN (Security Administrator's Tool for Analyzing Networks) could detect weaknesses on other systems (as well as your own) through its web interface, it earned notoriety when released in April 1995 as the tool that would "wreak havoc" on the Internet. The Oakland Tribune even wrote" It's like randomly mailing automatic rifles to 5000 addresses. I hope some crazy teen doesn't get ahold of one."
But as more and more "mission critical" applications are accessible through
the web, administrators are turning their attention to the danger of
attempted intrusion from outside the networked host. SATAN is a powerful aid
for system administrators. It performs "security audits," scanning host
computers for security vulnerabilities caused by erroneous configurations or
by known software errors in frequently used programs. O'Reilly's latest
release, Protecting Networks
with SATAN, is an invaluable tool for network and security administrators working with SATAN.
Wietse Venema, SATAN co-author, says "In this handy book, Martin Freiss
explains the workings of SATAN and provides a helping hand with
customizing and extending the system to match local conditions." This concise
guide also discusses how you can defend your site against potential abuse
About the Author
Martin Freiss, after a degree in electrical engineering, started his working life in UNIX development at Nixdorf Computer AG, writing IP stacks. As soon as he got the chance, he went into Internet administration, looking after the company's mail, news, WWW and DNS servers, protecting them from abuse and generally fiddling with everything having to do with networking on the Internet. He is currently at the Competence Center IT Networks department of Siemens Nixdorf Information Systems Inc. in Cologne, Germany, where his time is evenly divided between consulting on network security and Internet service and providing and giving seminars and workshops on these topics.
Protecting Networks with SATAN
By Martin Freiss
1st Edition June1998 (US)
112 pages, 1-56592-425-8, $19.95 (US$)