NEWS FROM THE LAB - Friday, July 29, 2005

Assembly Posted by Mikko @ 12:48 GMT

It's good to note that Black Hat and DEF CON are not the only nerd gatherings that are happening right now: the Assembly'05 demoscene party is in full swing in Helsinki, Finland.

Assembly panorama photo 5812x1632 by Oleg Hartsenko

Assembly, one of the oldest and largest demo parties anywhere has around 5000 geeks gathered together for four days. Many of the techniques used in demo coding are interesting to us working in a virus lab: the fastest demos are written in low-level assembler, and to fit within the tight size limits (such as 4kB or 64kB), some of these demos use really advanced compressing techniques.
Title of lynn-cisco.pdf slideset: The Holy Grail: Cisco IOS Shellcode And Exploitation Techniques by Michael Lynn
To get a feeling on what's happening at the party, you might want to tune in to AssemblyTV.

PS. The controversial Cisco IOS presentation given by Michael Lynn in BHB seems to be floating around in the net - despite the best efforts to censor it.