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I've done some of this book. It's good, but you're better off knowing the basics before trying to really learn from it I think. I only knew a little C when I started, so I only got about 4 or 5 chapters after much googling before I drowned.

Learn some ASM and get familiar with gdb before attempting

It's definetely out there if you have only done a little C. It doesn't require any previous security knowledge though as I stated. But like you realized, it does require you to know your way around low-level programming.

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