Careful when creating indexes

quogue66quogue66 Member Posts: 193 ■■■■□□□□□□
I just started the SANS MSISE program. My first course is FOR610 Reverse Engineering malware. I am creating my index for the GREM exam (no you cannot have a copy to 'compare' it to yours). I attempted to add 'SEH' to my index. I looked up at my spreadsheet and saw 'SHE'. I changed it a few times before I realized that it was Excel and not me. I went into the Excel properties and found a large number of auto correct words. One of them was 'SEH'. I deleted this and some others but you may want to keep an eye on what you type when creating your index so this doesn't happen.


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    [Deleted User][Deleted User] Senior Member Posts: 0 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Can I have a copy to compare to! ;) haha Good advice! I've had excel go and auto guess the word I was typing in when making my GPEN index and I almost got the question wrong on my exam had I not have remembered the concept from reading. Best of luck on the GREM exam! I would like to do this one but reverse engineering is something I have no to little experience in.
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    charismaticxcharismaticx Member Posts: 160 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I completely agree. The index is just a reference but the books are gospel. Understanding the concepts are what really help you pass the exam.
    Goals: PNPT; OSCP; GPYC; GSE
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    gespensterngespenstern Member Posts: 1,243 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Please share your copy, I really need to compare! :)

    On a serious note, congrats on your SANS program, very cool, I hope the employer pays for it!
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    sb97sb97 Member Posts: 109
    This is excellent advice.
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    TechGromitTechGromit Member Posts: 2,156 ■■■■■■■■■□
    quogue66 wrote: »
    I changed it a few times before I realized that it was Excel and not me.

    I started building my index about a month ago, I had some problems myself. My issues had to do with Excel thinking I was writing formulates.
    .............................Book.. Tab
    ip tables Parameters.. 1...... 22... '-4 ipv4, -6 ipv6, -p protocol (tcp, udp, icmp, esp, udplite, all), -s source address, ...

    Excel would choke on something like this, but if you place a ' at the beginning of the line, it will mark it as a text field and not change anything.

    I be interested in what your indexing. For example for some tabs I have 40 entries, like Book 2 page 20 where they go over all the different types of registers, than other areas I skip 5 or 10 pages because the book is going over a lab, and there's really nothing I can add to the index. Any suggestions for building the index?
    quogue66 wrote: »
    I attempted to add 'SEH' to my index. I looked up at my spreadsheet and saw 'SHE'.

    Interesting enough I do not have that entry, not sure if you ahead of me with your indexing, or I just missed something. Is that "Structured Exception Handler"?
    Still searching for the corner in a round room.
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    E Double UE Double U Member Posts: 2,229 ■■■■■■■■■■
    I think you should share your index for a peer review. A second pair of eyes could find other mistakes you might have made. icon_wink.gif
    Alphabet soup from (ISC)2, ISACA, GIAC, EC-Council, Microsoft, ITIL, Cisco, Scrum, CompTIA, AWS
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