2019 in review
A look back at last year
Just landed in a rainy Chennai, back in campus for my 6th semester. A little late to the “year in review blog post” party; travel took up most of my time. Last year was pretty eventful (at least in my books), and I think I did a bunch of cool stuff — let’s see!
Interning at SecureLayer7
Last summer, I interned at SecureLayer7, a security consulting firm in Pune, India. My work was mostly in hardware and embededded security research. I learnt a ton about ARM and MIPS reversing and exploitation, UART and JTAG, firmware RE and enterprise IoT security.
I also earned my first CVE! I’ve written about it in detail here.
I attended two major conferences last year — Nullcon Goa and PyCon India. Both super fun experiences and I met a ton of cool people! Nullcon Twitter thread and PyCon blog post.
I gave two talks last year:
- Intro to Reverse Engineering at Cyware 2019
- “Smart lock? Nah dude.” at PyCon India
Things I made
Not in order, because I CBA:
- repl: More of a quick bash hack, I don’t really use it.
- pw: A password manager. This,
I actually do use. I’ve even written a tiny
dmenuwrapper for it.
- twsh: An incomplete twtxt client, in bash. I have yet to get around to finishing it.
- alpine ports: My APKBUILDs for Alpine.
- detotated: An IRC bot written in Python. See IRC for DMs.
- icyrc: A no bullshit IRC client, because WeeChat is bloat.
I probably missed something, but whatever.
$ ls -1 pages/blog/*.md | wc -l 20
So excluding today’s post, and
_index.md, that’s 18 posts! I had
initially planned to write one post a month, but hey, this is great. My
plan for 2020 is to write one post a week — unrealistic, I know, but
I will try nevertheless.
I wrote about a bunch of things, ranging from programming to return-oriented-programming (heh), sysadmin and security stuff, and a hint of culture and philosophy. Nice!
The Python for Reverse Engineering post got a ton of attention on the interwebz, so that was cool.
2019 was super productive! (in my terms). I learnt a lot of new things last year, and I can only hope to learn as much in 2020. :)
I’ll see you next week.