SAINTCON 2023 - Christopher Forte - Full Stack for "Hackers"

SAINTCON 2023: Christopher Forte's talk delves into the full stack for "hackers," covering infrastructure, application layer, data storage, security, networking, secret management, logging, automation, programming languages, and reverse engineering.

Key takeaways
  1. Infrastructure and Cloud: Understanding the underlying infrastructure and cloud platforms is crucial for both engineers and hackers. It involves managing and securing servers, networks, and storage systems.

  2. Application Layer: This layer focuses on the application’s logic, functionality, and user interface. Engineers build and maintain applications, while hackers may exploit vulnerabilities or manipulate the application’s behavior.

  3. Data Storage and Persistence: Data storage and persistence involve managing databases, file systems, and other storage mechanisms. Engineers ensure data integrity and availability, while hackers may target these systems to steal or manipulate data.

  4. Security: Security measures protect systems from unauthorized access, data breaches, and other threats. Engineers implement security controls, while hackers may attempt to bypass or exploit these controls.

  5. Networking: Networking involves managing and securing network infrastructure, including routers, switches, and firewalls. Engineers ensure network connectivity and performance, while hackers may exploit network vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access.

  6. Secret Management: Secret management involves securely storing and managing sensitive information such as passwords, API keys, and certificates. Engineers implement secure secret management practices, while hackers may target these systems to steal secrets.

  7. Logging and Monitoring: Logging and monitoring systems collect and analyze data to detect and respond to security incidents. Engineers use these systems to monitor system health and security, while hackers may attempt to tamper with or disable these systems to avoid detection.

  8. Automation and Scripting: Automation and scripting tools help streamline and automate tasks, improving efficiency and reducing errors. Engineers use these tools to automate deployments, backups, and other tasks, while hackers may use them to automate attacks or exploit vulnerabilities.

  9. Programming Languages and Tools: The choice of programming languages and tools can impact the security and maintainability of systems. Engineers select languages and tools based on their suitability for the task, while hackers may exploit vulnerabilities in specific languages or tools.

  10. Reverse Engineering: Reverse engineering involves analyzing and understanding the inner workings of software or systems. Engineers may use reverse engineering for debugging, troubleshooting, or improving performance, while hackers may use it to find vulnerabilities or bypass security measures.