Monthly Archives: April 2019

Quick Programming Tip: The Silver Searcher

The Silver Searcher is a code searching tool, it searches your entire code base in a very fast and efficient manner and it supports regex. I often use it when my IDE’s search capabilities are slow or can’t find what I’m looking for. You don’t have to use it exclusively, you can combine it with your IDE’s search capabilities to do your job faster, and most of the time it is also much easier to search using ag.

For example, In Pycharm, I can open up the integrated terminal (ALT+F12) and type ag my-query to get the list of files and lines which match my query, this is much faster than trying to search via the IDE.

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Fuzzing Like It’s 1989

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With 2019 a day away, let’s reflect on the past to see how we can improve. Yes, let’s take a long look back 30 years and reflect on the original fuzzing paper, An Empirical Study of the Reliability of UNIX Utilities, and its 1995 follow-up, Fuzz Revisited, by Barton P. Miller.

In this blog post, we are going to find bugs in modern versions of Ubuntu Linux using the exact same tools as described in the original fuzzing papers. You should read the original papers not only for context, but for their insight. They proved to be very prescient about the vulnerabilities and exploits that would plague code over the decade following their publication. Astute readers may notice the publication date for the original paper is 1990. Even more perceptive readers will observe the copyright date of the source code comments: 1989.

A Quick Review

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