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A team of researchers are battling to trouser the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's US$2m prize to build a system that aims to best human offensive and defensive security personnel at exploitation discovery and patching. The Shellphish team, with hackers in the US, France, China, Brazil, and Senegal, is big in the …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    All this talk

    Of drilling and fuzzers.

    I thought id landed on xhamster by mistake.

    Ironically all the ads, excessive JS and slow loading times on xhamster make me think of el reg.

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

      Re: All this talk

      It's all about going Brazzers on dat code!

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    "US$2m prize to build a system that aims to best human offensive and defensive security personnel at exploitation discovery and patching."

    With that kind of technology, they should patent it (or insert your own model of commercial success) and make an awful lot more than $2 million.

  3. gerdesj Silver badge
    Megaphone

    It will use ...

    "coverage-guided fuzzing and symbolic execution in a bid to find crashes. It combines the two in a system blending augmented fuzzing through selective symbolic execution"

    Bingo!

  4. Jan 0 Silver badge
    Pint

    Shellfish logo

    I hope that this team are paying tribute to J Walkden Fisher by knocking off his signature. (Eagle Comic afficionados, owners of "Britain's Wonderful Fighting Forces" and collectors of vintage motoring magazines should recognise that logo instantly.)

    Celestial Barman, please pass a beer to that (cutaway) artist.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Which countries?

    The article says that the Shellphish team has members in the US, France, China, Brazil, and Senegal but the flags shown in the team photo seem to indicate that they're from the US, Italy, China, Senegal, Russia, Germany and India.

  6. John Smith 19 Gold badge
    Unhappy

    Neat. But worrying.

    You now have to trust a big piece of software to re-write the rest of your software for you on the fly.

    In ways the original developers don't know and could not fix if it's wrong.

    For fans of the Bourne films this is Outcome over Treadstone.

    Better hope the treatment works.

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