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Re: Need a help for an article
From: vanderaj vanderaj <vanderaj () owasp org>
Date: Tue, 4 Jun 2013 11:34:16 +1000

Hi Punit,

Good on you for selecting information security as a topic of interest.
We need more grads in our field!

The state of the art for buffer overflows, heap overflows, and other
memory corruption bugs is so advanced that it may take you a little
while to get on top of it before being able to write about it simply
enough for the average Joe to understand it. They seem simple enough,
but there's so much nuance and almost an obsessive amount of detail to
get right to get a reliable exploit. Almost anyone can cause a program
to crash, but it's the freaks who can turn an "unexploitable" null
dereference bug into a workable exploit. To me, the freaks are more
interesting than the exploits.

I am not trying to dissuade you from writing about IT security, as
many programmers think that buffer overflows are solved due to ASLR
and DEP, or as soon as they use the /GS switch. This is not the case -
it just makes it much harder. So it's not an "old" topic, it's now an
extremely arcane topic.

How much time do you want to invest in writing your article? I would
suggest going down a different route - find the usual suspects on
SlideShare, Twitter or Google+ who REALLY knows their stuff and ask
them for an interview them to get the human angle on modern day memory
exploitation trickery. This way, you don't need to necessarily master
the issue, and you can report on the state of the art with a human
angle.

I would suggest searching for anyone who does reverse engineering for
fun or a living who has > 200-500 followers as being a good starting
point. The big names in our industry are generally interesting folks
in their own right. In the old days, we'd call them eccentric, and to
me, this is the angle that I would take time to read if done right.

thanks,
Andrew

On Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 1:22 AM, Punit Mehta <punit9462 () gmail com> wrote:
Hi all ,

                           I am a second year computer science undergraduate
student at a university. I want to publish an article based on computer
security. I had thought of some like Buffer Overflow , Heap Overflow ,
Format String attack etc. But they sound too old. My aim is to publish some
fresh and interesting stuff based on computer security. I have searched a
lot But may be because of my limited knowledge , I am not able to find out
appropriate topics to work on . So , it would be grateful if someone could
suggest me some nice , recent topics ( which can include secure coding in
different languages or even beyond that ). I just want to get the topic and
pointer to some resources from which I can learn it.

                                Any kind of help is hearty welcomed..! :)

Thanks in advance !

Regards,
Punit Mehta

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