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Deemed ‘the write-only programming language’ by many, Perl has well-served its purpose as a successful subject for less successful programmer jokes. It’s self-obfuscating ‘TMTOWTDI’ syntax is one of the top reasons for sysadmin PTSD, nervous breakdowns, and marriage problems.
This talk will spawn a wormhole 20 years into the past, and dive into some of the more hazardous and fundamental language quirks (WAT-style), walking the audience through the discovery of vulnerable core modules and the implementation of a new exploitation technique (branding and logo included!). Using this technique, we unleash a Pandora’s box of exploits to vulnerabilities hidden under the surface for years, in some of the most popular Perl-based projects in the world. Hilarity ensuance guaranteed.