REVIEW: "Software Forensics", Robert M. Slade

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  1. BKSFWRFR.RVW 20040706

    "Software Forensics", Robert M. Slade, 2004, 0-07-142804-6,
    U$39.95/C$3.95/UK#29.99
    %A Robert M. Slade
    %C 300 Water Street, Whitby, Ontario L1N 9B6
    %D 2004
    %G 0-07-142804-6
    %I McGraw-Hill Ryerson/Osborne
    %O U$39.95/C$3.95/UK#29.99 800-565-5758 fax: 905-430-5020
    %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0071428046/robsladesinterne
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0071428046/robsladesinte-21
    %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0071428046/robsladesin03-20
    %P 215 p.
    %T "Software Forensics"

    As long as I'm reviewing books about which I can't be objective, I
    might as well review my own.

    This book is about software forensics. Nobody seems to know what that
    is.

    "Oh, you look for child porno and drug dealer addresses on seized
    computers, right?" Umm, no. That's computer forensics which,
    although it should be broader, has become limited to the basic data
    recovery aspect of the wider field of digital forensics.

    Software forensics delves into what evidence you can glean from
    software itself. This is useful in malware and virus research (where
    it has long been known as forensic programming), as well as in cases
    involving intellectual property and plagiarism. The study and tools
    utilized in software forensics can assist with determining the intent
    and authorship of a piece of software. At times it can even help with
    tasks such as recovering source code with legacy programs, or porting
    to new systems.

    In the book there is an overview of software forensics itself. One
    chapter looks at blackhat sociology and culture, since those
    characteristics can be evident in the programming style. There is
    material on the various tools, and properties of malicious software.
    Presentation of this type of evidence in court is difficult, so
    chapter five reviews expert witness restrictions and other legal
    issues. Content is included on programming cultures, stylistic
    analysis, and authorship analysis.

    I can say, without any bias whatever, that this is the finest work on
    this topic available today. I can say that, because it's the *only*
    book that is dedicated to the subject.

    copyright Robert M. Slade, 2004 BKSFWRFR.RVW 20040706

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