Richard Johnson
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Richard Johnson is a computer security specialist with a focus on software vulnerability analysis. Currently the Director of Security Research for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and owner of Fuzzing IO, a research and development company offering professional training services, Richard offers over 15 years of professional expertise and leadership in the information security industry. Current responsibilities include defining and executing on a proactive offensive security research strategy for a world leading cloud infrastructure and development team at Oracle. This work encompasses all parts of the cloud stack including hardware validation on third party components; zeroday research on hypervisors, kernels, and third-party code; and deep dives on the proprietary services offered to end users.

Prior to Oracle, Richard lead the security research efforts for the Talos Security Intelligence and Research Group at Cisco Systems, Inc. Previous research endeavors focused on the development of advanced fuzzing and crash analysis technologies facilitating the automation of the vulnerability triage and discovery process. Richard has delivered training and presented annually at top-tier industry conferences worldwide for over a decade and is an invited speaker and trainer at several leading events. Richard was also co-founder of the Uninformed Journal and is on the committee for the USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies.

This class is designed to introduce students to the best tools and technology available for automating vulnerability discovery and crash triage with a focus on delivering a practical approach to applying this technology in real deployments at any scale.

Through an applied understanding of introductory program analysis and binary translation, techniques for finding various bug classes and methods for improved crash debugging will be discussed. We will take a deep dive into fuzzing, covering all aspects of this practical approach to finding bugs. As the most approachable and versatile of the available tools, the student will apply various fuzzing techniques to several real-world pieces of software. Students will learn strategies for analyzing attack surface, writing grammars, and generating effective corpus. We will explore in detail the latest innovations such as harnessing code coverage for guided evolutionary fuzzing and symbolic reasoning for concolic fuzzing.

Hack in the Box GSEC
AUG 26 - AUG 28
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NOV 4 - NOV 7
San Diego, California, US
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DEC 3 - DEC 5
Seattle, Washington, US
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FEB 4 - FEB 7
Berlin, Germany
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MAR 16 - MAR 19
Vancouver, Canada
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Hack In The Box
MAY 6 - MAY 8
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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EkoParty LA
JUN 5 - JUN 7
Los Angeles, California
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JUN 24 - JUN 27
Montreal, Canada
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AUG 3 - AUG 6
Las Vegas, Nevada, US
(Concurrent with Black Hat USA Training)
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OffensiveCon (Week 1)
FEB 13 - FEB 15
Berlin, Germany
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OffensiveCon (Week 2)
FEB 19 - FEB 21
Berlin, Germany
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MAR 10 - MAR 13
Vancouver, Canada
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SysScan 360
MAR 17 - MAR 21
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APR 2 - APR 5
Dubai, UAE
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JUN 15 - JUN 17
Montreal, Canada
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SEP 10 - SEP 13
San Diego, California, US

Hack In The Box
OCT 27 - OCT 29
Beijing, China
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DEC 7 - DEC 8
Seattle, Washington
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Power of Community (Week 1)
NOV 4 - NOV 8
Seoul, Korea
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Power of Community (Week 2)
NOV 13 - NOV 15
Seoul, Korea
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DEC 7 - DEC 8
Seattle, Washington
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Evolutionary Kernel Fuzzing

Recon, Montreal, Canada, July 2017
Black Hat, Las Vegas, USA, July 2017

Harnessing Intel Processor Trace on Windows for Vulnerability Discovery

Hack in the Box, Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 2017
CanSecWest, Vancouver, Canada, March 2017
Recon BRX, Brussels, Belgium, February 2017
Hushcon, Seattle, Washington, December 2016
Countermeasure, Ottowa, Canada, November 2016
Blue Hat, Seattle, Washington, November 2016
Ruxcon, Melbourne, Australia, October 2016

Go Speed Tracer

Recon, Montreal, Canada, June 2016
Toorcamp, Seattle, Washington, June 2016
Hack In The Box, Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 2016

High Performance Fuzzing

Hushcon, Seattle, Washington, December 2015
PacSec, Tokyo, Japan, Nov 2015
Ruxcon, Melbourne, Austrlia, October 2015
B-Sides Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee, May 2015
InfoSec Southwest, Austin, Texas, April 2015

Fuzzing and Patch Analysis - SAGEly Advice

NoSuchCon, Paris, France, November 2014
Hack In The Box, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 2014
Recon, Montreal, Canada, June 2014
Shakacon, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2014

Taint Nobody Got Time for Crash Analysis

Recon, Montreal, Canada, June 2013
Summercon, New York City, New York, June 2013
NoSuchCon, Paris, France, May 2013
InfoSec Southwest, Austin, Texas, March 2013

Improving Software Security with Dynamic Binary Instrumentation

SOURCE, Seattle, Washington, June 2011
InfoSec Southwest, Austin, Texas, March 2012

Razorback Framework

Gigacon, Warsaw, Poland, September 2011
Internet Security Days, Bruehl, Germany, September 2011

A Castle Made of Sand: Adobe Reader X Sandbox

Hackito Ergo Sum, Paris, France, April 2011
CanSecWest, Vancouver, B.C. Canada, March 2011

Harder,Better,Faster,Stronger: Semi-Auto Vulnerability Research

Blue Hat, Redmond, Washington, October 2010
Black Hat USA, Las Vegas, Nevada, August 2010

Visualizing Software Security

Blue Hat, Redmond, Washington, October 2008
VizSec, Cambridge, Massasschusetts, September 2008

Fast n Furious Transforms

Toorcon Seattle, Seattle, Washington, April 2008

AutoHacking with Phoenix Enabled Data Flow Analysis

Toorcon 9, San Diego, California, October 2007

Logical Fuzzing

VNSECON, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, August 2007

Memory Allocator Attack and Defense

Toorcon Seattle, Seattle, Washington, May 2007

Windows Vista: Exploitation Countermeasures

EuSecWest, London, England, March 2007
Toorcon 8, San Diego, California, September 2006

Disassembler Internals II

22nd Chaos Communication Congress, Berlin, Germany, December 2005

x86 Disassembler Internals

Toorcon 7, San Diego, California, September 2005

Automated Debugging and Process Analysis

Interz0ne IV, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2005

Hooking the Linux ELF Loader

Toorcon 6, San Diego, California, October 2004

A Comparison of Buffer Overflow Prevention Implementations and Weaknesses

Black Hat USA, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 2004
Defcon 12, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 2004

Advanced Shellcode Implementations

Interz0ne III, Atlanta, Georgia, April 2004