Coverity to Speak on Windows 8 Security at Black Hat USA 2012

Jul 16, 2012, 11:00 ET from Coverity, Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Coverity, the leader in development testing, announced today that Chris Valasek, Senior Security Researcher at Coverity, will be co-presenting a talk on the transition of heap mitigations from Windows 7 to Windows 8 during Black Hat USA 2012, the premier information security conference. The talk titled, "Windows 8 Heap Internals," will be co-delivered by Valasek and Tarjei Mandt, Senior Vulnerability Researcher at Azimuth Security.

Windows 8 Heap Internals
When: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 3:30 PM
Where: Black Hat USA 2012, Ceasars Palace, Rooms: Augustus V + VI

As part of the Coverity Security Research Laboratory (SRL), Valasek is focused on researching new and existing security vulnerabilities, investigating and uncovering the root causes of vulnerability-causing defects in software code. This knowledge is built into the Coverity technology portfolio to better enable organizations to build security into the development process. Prior to Coverity, Valasek was a Senior Research Scientist at Accuvant LABS and IBM Internet Security Systems where his research focus spanned areas such as vulnerability discovery, exploitation techniques, and reverse engineering. While best known for his publications regarding the Microsoft Windows Heap, Valasek's research has broken new ground in areas such as vulnerability discovery, exploitation techniques, reverse engineering, source code and binary auditing, and protocol analysis. Valasek is the current chairman of SummerCon, the nation's oldest hacker convention.

Coverity also announced the expansion of the SRL with the addition of Jon Passki as Senior Security Researcher. Prior to Coverity, Jon Passki was a Principal Application Security Engineer at Aspect Security, performing code reviews, web application testing, architecture reviews, security presentations, and application security integration into development processes for clients. Passki has also worked independently over the last dozen years with the Hursk Group, LLC, Shavlik Technologies (now VMware), and KPMG, with consulting expertise spanning application, host, and network security. Passki is an active OWASP New York City Chapter Leader.

Coverity will also be exhibiting at Black Hat USA 2012. Stop by booth #728 to meet the SRL team, learn more about development testing for security, and see a demo of the recently announced next-generation static analysis technology for web application security.

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