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Digital release: June 2017
Paperback release: June 2017
First published in: August 2014
Language: English (568 pages)
ISBN: 978-1907117046
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Bulletproof SSL and TLS
Understanding and deploying SSL/TLS and PKI to secure servers and web applications, by Ivan Ristić

2017 revision now available! Three years on, we have a fully up-to-date book again. Read more about it on Ivan's blog.

For system administrators, developers, and IT security professionals, this book provides a comprehensive coverage of the ever-changing field of SSL/TLS and Internet PKI. Written by Ivan Ristić, a security researcher and author of SSL Labs, this book will teach you everything you need to know to protect your systems from eavesdropping and impersonation attacks.

“The most comprehensive book about deploying TLS in the real world!”

Nasko Oskov, Chrome Security developer and
former SChannel developer

“Meticulously researched.”

Eric Lawrence, Fiddler author and former
Internet Explorer Program Manager

“The most to the point and up to date book about SSL/TLS I've read.”

Jakob Schlyter, IT security advisor and DANE co-author
Table of Contents

Part I: SSL/TLS and PKI
1. SSL, TLS, and Cryptography 2. Protocol 3. Public Key Infrastructure 4. Attacks against PKI 5. HTTP and Browser Issues 6. Implementation Issues 7. Protocol Attacks
Part II: Deployment and Development
8. Deployment 9. Performance Optimization 10. HSTS, CSP and Pinning
Part III: Practical Configuration
11. OpenSSL Cookbook 12. Testing with OpenSSL 13. Configuring Apache 14. Configuring Java and Tomcat 15. Configuring Microsoft Windows and IIS 16. Configuring Nginx Index

About the Author

Ivan Ristić is a security researcher, engineer, and author, known especially for his contributions to the web application firewall field and development of ModSecurity, an open source web application firewall, and for his SSL/TLS and PKI research, tools and guides published on the SSL Labs web site.

He is the author of two books, Apache Security and ModSecurity Handbook, which he publishes via Feisty Duck, his own platform for continuous writing and publishing. Ivan is an active participant in the security community and you'll often find him speaking at security conferences such as Black Hat, RSA, OWASP AppSec, and others. His latest project, Hardenize, is a security posture analysis service that makes security fun again.


TOC, Preface, and Chapter 1
Detailed information about the contents, as well as the first chapter.

OpenSSL Cookbook
A free 100-page book that covers the most frequently used OpenSSL features and commands, based on chapters 11 and 12 of Bulletproof SSL and TLS.


If you have any questions, please find us on Twitter. If your question is about the book content, contact @ivanristic. For everything else, write to @feistyduck.

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