A story about being afraid to write poetry.
A friend of mine brought up a great question some months ago:
"Why does GCC spit out a huuuge ELF when I compile the simplest possible 'hello, world' program? Shouldn't it be a lot smaller than ~8Kb? That seems pretty big ..."
This is an example of a classic stack-smashing attack, and some discussion about associated mitigations in Linux.
Some thoughts after watching Brendan Gregg's LCA2017 talk about developments in eBPF tracing. Figured I'd play around with it a bit. It's really cool!
Social systems are complicated, and people are not machines.