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Ruby for Information Security

The Ruby language gets a lot of press for its use in web development with the popularity of Rails and other web frameworks. However, as a highly dynamic and powerful language, Ruby has also become a favored language with the information security crowd. This talk will explore some of the uses of Ruby in the Infosec domain, including why Ruby is a popular language, the Metasploit project (one of the largest Ruby projects), interfacing with native libraries through FFI, and hacking Java applications with JRuby.

About the Presenter

John Miller is a Security Researcher with SpiderLabs at Trustwave - the advanced security team that has performed more than 700 cyber forensic investigations globally, thousands of penetration and application security tests for Trustwave clients. In addition, the Research team is responsible for the security research that feeds directly into Trustwave's products. John has 7 years of profession experience in the IT field with 5 years specific to information security consulting and research. First exposed to the Ruby language while a systems administrator and web developer, he has carried on his interest while working in the Infosec field.


Bucketworks usually keeps there doors locked. Buzz up and let them know you are there for the RubyMKE meetup, and they will let you in. We will be in the meet up space just to the left after you enter. Pizza

For those who are interested, pizza will be available at the meetup. Since we don't have a sponsor at this time, donations are appreciated.

After the Meeting

We will head down to Transfer Pizza (101 W Mitchell St, at the intersection 1st, Mitchell and Kinnichinnic Ave) after the meetup for refreshments & conversation. Everyone is welcome, and encouraged, to join us.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a fun time presenting with this group and was excited to see such a great turnout. I think this new incarnation of the Ruby Users Group has got some legs. I plan on returning to catch other talks and maybe give another presentation in the future.

    October 20, 2010

  • Ken H.

    Very informative and well presented.

    October 19, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was interesting (and scary) to see the Metasploit framework and how it works. Great for expanding the reach of Ruby beyond the web.

    October 19, 2010

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