Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Summer is almost over

As you may have noticed, I have not written a blog entry since June. I am spending my summer relaxing for once and catching up on some reading. Some advisories and beta quality tools will be along shortly.

I often help beginners in the field of information/computer security at work and on a personal level. The question I get asked most often is "what should I start with?!". Usually they are expecting some cool and interesting technique they can dive into like "breaking XYZ encryption!" but they are typically disappointed when I respond with something like "start learning C and reading the Linux kernel source". Thats when their smile fades and they realize they have to go back to stuff they ignored freshmen year of college. Today I came across this "Computer Science From the Bottom Up". Its full of good information for the beginner to computer science, which is a necessary base for computer security. Have fun.

6 comments:

Travis said...

well said Chris. fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals, thats what my baseball coach said and it applies to just about anything. great link by the way and even professionals can learn something from that as well.

travis

http://travisaltman.com

Anonymous said...

This is so true; basics, basics and basics

Perfect example would be
http://mlabs.secniche.org/papers/bug_wars_mlabs.txt

The guy is trying to show a segfault by successfully compiling(shows) a code that modifies a const pointer. Not knowing such basic thing he talks about stuff s.a buffer overflows.

The new people should start from bottom up work hard and have patience.

Anonymous said...

Well I think the paper this person is
talking about is well driven in a context.

The paper is structured to present a general view of bug wars.

Very well written.

Anonymous said...

Actually all you need to break the XYZ algorithm is 2 sticks and a rock.

- LX

warl0ck said...

You are such a scumbag aditya k sood (mlabs.secniche.org)

Anonymous said...

Hey Warl0ck (Pranay Kanwar) stop doing stupidity and have some manners. Blogging is not meant for this. Learn manners first OK.

Is this post meant for ur these type of stupid comments critcising others.

Grow up Child.