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 Paul Makowski

Profile of Paul Makowski

CTO, PolySwarm
Member Since: 3/26/2019
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Paul Makowski's interests include exploitation, program analysis, vulnerability research, reverse engineering and cryptography.

Prior to co-founding PolySwarm, Paul reverse engineered implants and wrote bespoke malware disinfection tools for Fortune 100 clients. Paul authored many of the autonomous program analysis challenges in DARPA's Cyber Grand Challenge, researched partial homomorphic encryption as it applies to protecting programs and network signatures (DARPA CFT), and has co-designed a confidentiality system for a public/private hybrid blockchain for identity management (US DHS). Paul served at the National Security Agency (NSA) for two years as a Global Network Exploitation and Vulnerability Analyst (GNEVA). Paul has competed in and won DEF CON's CTF competition.

Paul holds a patent on detecting exploitation of memory corruption vulnerabilities using symbolic constraints and has two patents pending on XOM as a basis to defeat ASLR defeats as well as a system for establishing disjoint privilege domains in a single process space.

Articles by Paul Makowski
Aviation Faces Increasing Cybersecurity Scrutiny
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  8/22/2019
Microsoft Tops Phishers' Favorite Brands as Facebook Spikes
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  8/22/2019
Capital One Breach: What Security Teams Can Do Now
Dr. Richard Gold, Head of Security Engineering at Digital Shadows,  8/23/2019
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CVE-2019-15540
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-25
filters/filter-cso/filter-stream.c in the CSO filter in libMirage 3.2.2 in CDemu does not validate the part size, triggering a heap-based buffer overflow that can lead to root access by a local Linux user.
CVE-2019-15538
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-25
An issue was discovered in xfs_setattr_nonsize in fs/xfs/xfs_iops.c in the Linux kernel through 5.2.9. XFS partially wedges when a chgrp fails on account of being out of disk quota. xfs_setattr_nonsize is failing to unlock the ILOCK after the xfs_qm_vop_chown_reserve call fails. This is primarily a ...
CVE-2016-6154
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-23
The authentication applet in Watchguard Fireware 11.11 Operating System has reflected XSS (this can also cause an open redirect).
CVE-2019-5594
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-23
An Improper Neutralization of Input During Web Page Generation ("Cross-site Scripting") in Fortinet FortiNAC 8.3.0 to 8.3.6 and 8.5.0 admin webUI may allow an unauthenticated attacker to perform a reflected XSS attack via the search field in the webUI.
CVE-2019-6695
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-23
Lack of root file system integrity checking in Fortinet FortiManager VM application images of all versions below 6.2.1 may allow an attacker to implant third-party programs by recreating the image through specific methods.