Dr. Silvio Cesare

Linux Heap Exploitation on ptmalloc2 Training

Dr. Silvio Cesare | Managing Director at InfoSect
Training Location: Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Namdaemun, Seoul, Korea
Training Title: Linux Heap Exploitation 
Date: June 15th, 2020


Dr Silvio Cesare is the Managing Director at InfoSect. He has worked in technical roles and been involved in computer security for over 20 years. This period includes time in Silicon Valley in the USA, France, and Australia.

He has worked commercially in both defensive and offensive roles within engineering. He has reported hundreds of software bugs and vulnerabilities in Operating Systems kernels. He was previously the Director for Education and Training at UNSW Canberra Cyber, ensuring quality content and delivery. In his early career, he was the scanner architect and a C developer at Qualys. He is also the co-founder of BSides Canberra – Australia’s largest cyber security conference.

He has a Ph.D. from Deakin University and has published within industry and academia, is a 4-time Black Hat speaker, gone through academic research commercialisation, and authored a book (Software Similarity and Classification, published by Springer).


This 3 day course will give an in depth examination of a variety of current heap allocators in the context of exploit development, including glibc’s ptmalloc2, Chrome’s PartitionAlloc, JEMalloc, TCMalloc, and those used in Linux Docker images such musl and uClibc. The lectures and labs will look at numerous ways to misuse each of these allocators in the latest versions of each.


-Students taking Code Review should have an intermediate C and Python Development background. They should have hands on experience in:
-C Coding Experience
-Python Coding Experience

Hardware and software:

– Laptops for class use.