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Gray Hat Hacking The Ethical Hacker’s Handbook by Jonathan Ness, Chris Eagle, Shon Harris, Gideon Lenkey, Allen Harper, Terron Williams

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CHAPTER 16Understanding and Detecting Content-Type Attacks

Most enterprise network perimeters are protected by firewalls that block unsolicited network-based attacks. Most enterprise workstations have antivirus protection for widespread and well-known exploits. And most enterprise mail servers are protected by filtering software that strips malicious executables. In the face of these protections, malicious attackers have increasingly turned to exploiting vulnerabilities in client-side software such as Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office. If an attacker attaches a malicious PDF to an e-mail message, the network perimeter firewall will not block it, the workstation antivirus product likely will not detect it (see the “Obfuscation” section later ...

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