Mentorship Session: Fuzzing Linux Kernel

Fuzzing Linux Kernel
March 2, 2021 | 7:30 – 9:00 AM PST

Join us for Fuzzing Linux Kernel, with Andrey Konovalov, Senior Software Engineer, Google.

Fuzzing (or Fuzz Testing) is an automated process of finding bugs by feeding random inputs into a program.

In this session, Andrey will explain how to apply fuzzing to the Linux kernel and what kind of kernel interfaces a fuzzer can target. He will briefly cover the existing ready-to-use fuzzers (such as Trinity and syzkaller) but mainly focus on the underlying ideas and approaches: writing fuzzing harnesses, generating inputs, and collecting coverage (via kcov).

The session will begin with an overview by Andrey Konovalov (45 minutes) and will be followed by Q&A – an opportunity to both ask Andrey questions and for group discussion (45 minutes).

Andrey Konovalov, Senior Software Engineer, Google

Andrey Konovalov is a software engineer at Google working on fuzzers and mitigations for the Linux kernel. He is a contributor to multiple fuzzing-related Linux kernel subsystems and tools: KASAN (a bug-finding tool), kcov (a coverage collection subsystem), and syzkaller (a fuzzer). He previously worked on fuzzing the network and USB subsystems and found several severe security vulnerabilities.

Andrey keeps more information about his work and research interests on his personal page: