My Journey into eCXD – eLearnSecurity Certified eXploit Developer

Exploit Developer Student – XDS Course Review

I first want to thank eLearnSecurity for creating such a course on this topic of exploit development. I have always been a big fan of the Windows operating system. For the past few years, I have spent a lot of time on Windows reverse engineering, Windows internals and exploit development on Windows. However, the thing I liked the most about this course is about the diversity they have with both Windows and Linux both x86 and x86_64. I spent quite a good amount of time on learning Linux exploit development and internals and I totally loved to understand those concepts no matter how hard they were to grasp. It is a feeling I cannot explain 😊

I will share my thoughts on each section.

Linux Exploit Development

Module 1: Linux Stack Smashing

As usual, this is the introductory module where you will get a nice understanding of Linux internals and basics of stack-based buffer overflows and identifying them.

The labs included for this module are:

  • Hidden Function
  • Linux Basic Stack Overflow
  • Linux x64 Basic Stack Overflow

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eLearnSecurity Courses

With the competitiveness of the infosec industry, security training is definitely needed. Let me share my story. Back in 2013 I heard about eLearnSecurity. Those days the only courses was Penetration Testing Professional and Penetration Testing Student. But I didn’t have enough money to sign up since I was 16 years old. With the pocket money I had, I signed up for the Penetration Testing Student course since I was curious about the material. I was amazed by their teaching techniques. Everything was so clearly written. After that I had to enter university and I had no time to concentrate on the things I like to do. Gradually eLearnSecurity started developing specialized courses starting from Web Application Penetration Testing and next came the Extreme edition of this. Meanwhile, they launched a course on reverse engineering too which I was really surprised to see that course since it was the first ever course I saw on reverse engineering.
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