A Guide to Kernel Exploitation: Attacking the Core by Massimiliano OldaniA Guide to Kernel Exploitation: Attacking the Core by Massimiliano Oldani

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A Guide to Kernel Exploitation: Attacking the Core discusses the theoretical techniques and approaches needed to develop reliable and effective kernel-level exploits, and applies them to different operating systems, namely, UNIX derivatives, Mac OS X, and Windows. Concepts and tactics are presented categorically so that even when a specifically detailed vulnerability has been patched, the foundational information provided will help hackers in writing a newer, better attack; or help pen testers, auditors, and the like develop a more concrete design and defensive structure.
The book is organized into four parts. Part I introduces the kernel and sets out the theoretical basis on which to build the rest of the book. Part II focuses on different operating systems and describes exploits for them that target various bug classes. Part III on remote kernel exploitation analyzes the effects of the remote scenario and presents new techniques to target remote issues. It includes a step-by-step analysis of the development of a reliable, one-shot, remote exploit for a real vulnerabilitya bug affecting the SCTP subsystem found in the Linux kernel. Finally, Part IV wraps up the analysis on kernel exploitation and looks at what the future may hold.

  • Covers a range of operating system families — UNIX derivatives, Mac OS X, Windows
  • Details common scenarios such as generic memory corruption (stack overflow, heap overflow, etc.) issues, logical bugs and race conditions
  • Delivers the reader from user-land exploitation to the world of kernel-land (OS) exploits/attacks, with a particular focus on the steps that lead to the creation of successful techniques, in order to give to the reader something more than just a set of tricks
Massimiliano Oldani currently works as a Security Consultant at Emaze Networks. His main research topics include operating system security and kernel vulnerabilities.
Title:A Guide to Kernel Exploitation: Attacking the CoreFormat:OtherDimensions:464 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:October 28, 2010Publisher:Elsevier ScienceLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1597494879

ISBN - 13:9781597494878


Table of Contents

Part I: A Journey to Kernel-LandChapter 1:From User-Land to Kernel-Land AttacksChapter 2:A Taxonomy of Kernel VulnerabilitiesChapter 3:Stairway to Successful Kernel ExploitationPart II: The UNIX Family, Mac OS X, and WindowsChapter 4:The UNIX FamilyChapter 5:Mac OS XChapter 6:Windows Part III: Remote Kernel ExploitationChapter 7:Facing the Challenges of Remote Kernel ExploitationChapter 8:Putting It All Together: A Linux Case StudyPart IV: Final WordsChapter 9:Kernel Evolution: Future Forms of Attack and Defense