Byzantine Reality

Searching for Byzantine failures in the world around us

Smashing the Stack

While reading new books for my security class, I stumbled upon a very well-thoughtout, well-explained article on how buffer overflows / stack overflows work. It’s got cool nerdy pictures and code along with it. And the best part is…it’s got assembly code! Yay! How long has it been since you’ve seen assembly code? Have you actually seen assembly code?

Smashing the Stack for Fun and Profit by Aleph One

Back in my undergrad days they taught us about the fun times of Pep/7, a language similar to assembly used to teach…assembly. It turns out to be surprisingly similar to x86, and once you know one you end up with a great handle on the other. But it seems there are not any links to it from Google, so you’re on your own if you want to dig it up and use it.