Hello, I'm Nikos Sampanis, a security researcher working at CENSUS. On February 16th, 2018 I presented at OffensiveCon a talk with the title
"Windows 10 RS2/RS3 GDI data-only exploitation tales". The presentation focused on a
mitigation introduced in the Win32k component of Microsoft Windows to prevent the exploitation of memory
corruptions in the session heap (due to GDI object abuse).
On December 27th 2017 I presented at the 34th Chaos Communication Congress (34C3) a talk on the technical details and the process of reverse engineering and re-implementation of the evasi0n7 jailbreak's main kernel exploit, titled "iOS kernel exploitation archaeology". Actually, I gave the same talk at the WarCon private event earlier in 2017 (June), but since there were no proceedings or slides published there, I thought it would be a good talk for 34C3!
Both events, 34C3 and WarCon, were very well organized, but also very different both in content and of course size. Many thanks to the organizers and volunteers of both these awesome European conferences!
In anticipation of Dan Rosenberg’s talk on exploiting the Linux kernel’s SLOB memory allocator at the Infiltrate security conference and because I recently had a discussion with some friends about the different kernel memory allocators in Linux, I decided to write this quick introduction. I will present some of the allocators’ characteristics and also provide references to public work on exploitation techniques.