Exploit Development Essentials

Embark on a journey into the world of exploit development with this Learning Path, offering a blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on practice. Learners will explore:

  • The basics of various operating systems and their vulnerabilities.

  • Essential scripting skills with Python, Bash, and other tools.

  • Techniques for analyzing and writing exploits.

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Laying the groundwork in cybersecurity

Learners grasp the essentials of exploit development, learning the essential skills for advanced security practices and specialized training in offensive exploit development cybersecurity discipline.

Paving the way to OSED and beyond

Paving the way to OSED and beyond

This Learning Path also prepares learners for the OSED (Offensive Security Exploit Developer) certification, focusing on:

  • Vulnerability insight: Basic understanding of system vulnerabilities.
  • Development skills: Fundamental skills in exploit development.
  • Bypass techniques: Introductory techniques for bypassing security measures.
  • Access methods: Basic strategies for maintaining access and privilege escalation.

Key modules in the Exploit Development Essentials Learning Path

Networking Fundamentals

  • Introduction to networking, including OSI, IP, TCP, UDP, DNS, wireshark, DHCP, ARP, NAT, VPN and firewalls

Control Flow Automation in WinDbg with Python

  • Basic of how to automate debugging steps with Python and WinDBG, focusing on hardware and software breakpoints, callbacks, stepping and tracing

Introduction to ARM Assembly, Part I

  • Introduction to 32 bit ARM assembly, including registers, stack, common instructions, comparisons, jumps and calls

Introduction to ARM Assembly, Part II

  • Introduction to 64 bit ARM assembly, including registers, stack, common instructions, comparisons, jumps and calls

Introduction to Binary Analysis with IDA

  • Introduction to IDA Pro, including navigating the GUI, disassembling a binary, decompiling a binary, navigating code listings

Data Manipulation in Python

  • Explaining data conversion between decimal, binary and hexadecimal in Python, how to build buffers with binary data along with read and writing files

Introduction to C

  • Introduction to C including writing a basic program, variables and data types

Basic Calculation and User Input in C

  • Introduction to arithmetic, bitwise operations and user input including command line arguments and standard input

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