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Linux Heap Exploitation
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5-days Linux Heap Exploitation 1 hour before event starts $6,000.00 $0.00
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Courses scheduled for March - June 2020 will be run as online, live interactive training as per

This 5 day course will give an in depth examination of a variety of current heap allocators in the context of exploit development, including glibc’s ptmalloc2, Chrome’s PartitionAlloc, JEMalloc, TCMalloc, embedded allocators such as avr-libc, newlib, or dietlibc, and those used in Linux Docker images such musl and uClibc. The lectures and labs will look at numerous ways to misuse each of these allocators in the latest versions of each.

To achieve these attacks we will have detailed examinations of the main heap structures including the thread caches, freelists, bins, malloc chunks, and arenas.

These attacks will be used to gain such primitives as:

  • Having malloc return an arbitrary pointer
  • Having allocated chunks overlap each other
  • Returning the same allocated memory
  • Having calloc return uninitialised memory
  • Leaking the libc base and other sensitive information

Attacks will be constructed for a variety of heap allocators, including:

  • Freelist poisoning
  • Overlapping chunks
  • Freeing attacker controlled pointers
  • Contemporary unlink attacks
  • Double frees

Course Objectives

To learn and demonstrate attacks on current heap allocators to gain exploitation primitives.


Training Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of the heap data structures
  • Demonstrate debugging heap data structures
  • Demonstrate attacks against multiple heap allocators

Who Should Attend?

  • Developers
  • IT Professionals
  • Embedded Developers
  • OS Developers
  • Penetration Testers
  • Software Security Auditers/Analysts
  • Vulnerability Researchers
  • Software Exploitation Developers
  • Anyone else interested

About the Trainer

Dr Silvio Cesare is the Managing Director at InfoSect. He has worked in technical roles and been involved in computer security for over 20 years. This period includes time in Silicon Valley in the USA, France, and Australia. He has worked commercially in both defensive and offensive roles within engineering. He has reported hundreds of software bugs and vulnerabilities in Operating Systems kernels. He was previously the Director for Education and Training at UNSW Canberra Cyber, ensuring quality content and delivery. In his early career, he was the scanner architect and a C developer at Qualys. He is also the co-founder of BSides Canberra – Australia’s largest cyber security conference. He has a Ph.D. from Deakin University and has published within industry and academia, is a 4-time Black Hat speaker, gone through academic research commercialisation, and authored a book (Software Similarity and Classification, published by Springer).


What to Bring

All materials are provided by InfoSect


What will be Provided?

  • Laptops for class use
  • Coil bound lecture materials
  • Catering provided.
  • Access to VMs with laboratories
  • InfoSect Swag


Participant Skillset

Students taking Linux Heap Exploitation should have an intermediate C Development background. They should have hands on experience in:

  • C Coding Experience
  • Python Coding Experience
  • Linux
  • InfoSect’s Code Review course is a suitable prerequisite.


Class Syllabus **

Day 1

Heap Misuse
Control Flow Hijacking
Heap Data Structures
TCache Poisoning
TCache Double Free
Fast Bin Double Free

Day 2

Overlapping Chunks
Calloc I
Calloc II
House of Force
Double Free Mitigation Bypass

Day 3 

TCache House of Spirit
Fast Bin Poisoning I
Fast Bin Poisoning II
Unsorted Bin Libc Base Leak

Day 4


Freelist Poisoning
Double Frees
Overlapping Chunks


                           Overlapping Chunks 


Freelist Poisoning
Double Frees
Overlapping Chunks

Day 5




Freelist Poisoning
House of Spirit


Freelist Poisoning
House of Spirit


                           Freelist Poisoning


Freelist Poisoning
House of Spirit
Overlapping Chunks

** subject to changes

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When & Where

U2 / 9 Beaconsfield Street
Fyshwick, ACT 2609


InfoSect Canberra

InfoSect is a training provider in Canberra, Australia. We offer specialist courses in Computer Security. Additionally, we offer space or the entire venue for hire including office and warehouse facilities.

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