Chris Valasek: The Windows 8 Heap Manager Is the Most Secure to Date
At this year’s Hack in the Box conference in Amsterdam we’ve had the opportunity to speak to Steven Seeley regarding his research on heap managers. Since the topic was highly interesting, and since part of expert’s work was based on prior analysis made by Chris Valasek, we decided to do a follow-up on the subject by talking to Valasek himself.
Chris Valasek, who works as a security research scientist at Coverity, is highly passionate about the topic and as soon as Windows 8 was released, he started studying its heap manager to learn what improvements have been made.
According to the researcher, Microsoft has been busy addressing all the issues affecting the heap manager in Windows 7. “After looking through the Windows 8 Heap Manager it was very apparent that MSFT was privy to all the current exploitation techniques. All of the deficiencies that were present in Windows 7 were addressed in Windows 8 (and then some!),” he told Softpedia in an email.
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