Showing posts from October, 2016

NYC Area Security Folks – Come to SOS!

Every year the NYU School of Engineering hosts Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) – the largest student-run security event in the country. This year, we're trying something new that combines two of my favorite things: security and open source . The inaugural Security: Open Source (SOS) workshop , held this November 10 at NYU Tandon will feature the creators of some really cool new security tools talking about their projects. It's happening the day before one of the best CTF challenges out there, so we're expecting an audience that's not afraid of technical detail :) What will you hear about at SOS? Here some of the cool speakers and topics: Félix Cloutier  will tell us about his open-source decompiler, fcd . This is a great example of incorporating cutting edge academic research into an open-source tool that anyone can use. Félix is also a former CSAW CTF competititor. Mike Arpaia, co-founder of  Kolide , will talk about osquery , a new open-source operating

The LAVA Synthetic Bug Corpora

I'm planning a longer post discussing how we evaluated the LAVA bug injection system, but since we've gotten approval to release the test corpora I wanted to make them available right away. The corpora described in the paper, LAVA-1 and LAVA-M, can be downloaded here:  (101M) Quoting from the included README: This distribution contains the automatically generated bug corpora used  in the paper, "LAVA: Large-scale Automated Vulnerability Addition". LAVA-1 is a corpus consisting of 69 versions of the "file" utility, each  of which has had a single bug injected into it. Each bug is a named branch in a git repository. The triggering input can be found in the file named CRASH_INPUT. To run the validation, you can use, which builds each buggy version of file and evaluates it on the corresponding triggering input. LAVA-M is a corpus consisting of four GNU coreutils programs (base64,  md5sum,