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Fuzzing Against the Machine

By : Antonio Nappa, Eduardo Blázquez
Book Image

Fuzzing Against the Machine

By: Antonio Nappa, Eduardo Blázquez

Overview of this book

Emulation and fuzzing are among the many techniques that can be used to improve cybersecurity; however, utilizing these efficiently can be tricky. Fuzzing Against the Machine is your hands-on guide to understanding how these powerful tools and techniques work. Using a variety of real-world use cases and practical examples, this book helps you grasp the fundamental concepts of fuzzing and emulation along with advanced vulnerability research, providing you with the tools and skills needed to find security flaws in your software. The book begins by introducing you to two open source fuzzer engines: QEMU, which allows you to run software for whatever architecture you can think of, and American fuzzy lop (AFL) and its improved version AFL++. You’ll learn to combine these powerful tools to create your own emulation and fuzzing environment and then use it to discover vulnerabilities in various systems, such as iOS, Android, and Samsung's Mobile Baseband software, Shannon. After reading the introductions and setting up your environment, you’ll be able to dive into whichever chapter you want, although the topics gradually become more advanced as the book progresses. By the end of this book, you’ll have gained the skills, knowledge, and practice required to find flaws in any firmware by emulating and fuzzing it with QEMU and several fuzzing engines.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Part 1: Foundations
Part 2: Emulation and Fuzzing
Part 3: Advanced Concepts
Chapter 12: Conclusion and Final Remarks

Conclusion and Final Remarks

Writing a book about computer science is something that can become counterintuitive. Why would you write a book if technology might become obsolete the very next day? What if ChatGPT could write better than you? We want to stress the importance of books as journeys to explore and experience topics from the unique viewpoint of the authors.

Throughout this book, we certainly found some answers that we hope you will appreciate. The concept behind a book is to understand the path and the inferences that the authors have traced through the concepts, allowing you to grasp them and interpret them in your own way, something that requires human understanding and interpretation, which machines cannot replicate. This is not specifically related to any technology, but it’s related to the journey of passing on information from one generation to another so that experiments, practices, and recipes can be reproduced.

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