[Dailydave] INFILTRATE talk announcement: Marco Ivaldi, The Story of a Solaris 0day

Dave Aitel dave.aitel at cyxtera.com
Tue Jan 22 18:04:38 UTC 2019


I don't want to talk too much about the talk, but I do want to talk a bit about INFILTRATE and what it was like in the 2000's to be a Unix hacker. Because almost everyone wrote _some_ exploits. These days, the supply chain is as vertical as a glowworm's saliva lure, and equally sticky. You could specialize in blockchain security and literally never even venture off the particular decentralized virtual machine emulating an old 8088 for an entire career. But back in the day, specialization was for insects. You did everything or you failed. Marco Ivaldi is from that era.

Check out this web page:
0xdeadbeef dot info | raptor's labs<https://0xdeadbeef.info/>
[0x01] Who's Raptor? I'm a seasoned information security researcher and consultant, specializing in networking (from old school X.25 to modern Wi-Fi), telephony (POTS, mobile, VoIP), and cyber-physical systems (SCADA and process control technologies in general). I'm employed as Principal Security Advisor at @Mediaservice.net, a leading information security consulting firm based in Italy, where ...

In addition to starting with X.25, which a lot of the hackers you know did, although they don't advertise it, there's a seemingly endless list of Unix exploits on the page dating from 1999 to a few days ago. Some of his shellcode was released in Vault 7 , but the exhaustive and diverse collection of his work is something I've admired for many many years. "I don't like to use exploits for hacking" he writes on his blog, but as you can see, that's not because he can't write them...

History is important, and our history is at risk of getting lost if we don't sometimes pull back the kimono to talk about it. So without saying anything about the equities decisions that went into this talk, I want to say: Be there.

Speaker Introduction: Marco Ivaldi<https://vimeo.com/312131029>
"A Bug's Life: Story of a Solaris 0day" by Marco Ivaldi

P.S. Also Solaris is still used for a ton of very important things. 😊

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