Careful when creating indexes

quogue66quogue66 GREM GPEN GCIA GSEC GCFE GCFA GCIH GASF GSE (multiple choice)Posts: 164Member ■■■□□□□□□□
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.


  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] 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 Security +, GSEC, GSED, GCIH, CEH, CySA +, GSNA, CASP, PenTest +, GCIA Posts: 46Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    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: Linux +; RHCSA ; CISM; OSCP; GSE; Masters in Cyber Security Technology
  • gespensterngespenstern Posts: 1,243Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    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!
  • sb97sb97 Posts: 109Member
    This is excellent advice.
  • TechGromitTechGromit A+, N+, GSEC, GCIH, GREM, Ontario, NY Posts: 1,909Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    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.
  • E Double UE Double U Posts: 1,556Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    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
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