Alexander Peslyak (born 1977), better known as Solar Designer, is a security specialist from Russia. He is best known for his publications on exploitation techniques, including the return-to-libc attack and the first generic heap-based buffer overflow exploitation technique, as well as computer security protection techniques such as privilege separation for daemon processes. Peslyak is the author of the widely popular security audit tool John the Ripper. His code has also been used in various third-party operating systems, such as OpenBSD and Debian.
Alexander is the founder and leader of the Openwall Project (in 1999), the founder and CTO of Openwall, Inc. (since 2003), an advisory board member at the Open Source Computer Emergency Response Team (oCERT) (since 2008), and was co-founder at oss-security.
- "JPEG COM Marker Processing Vulnerability in Netscape Browsers". Retrieved 2009-08-04.
- "Top 10 Password Crackers". Archived from the original on 30 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
- "Alexander Peslyak's Bio on openwall.info". Archived from the original on 28 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
- "2009 Pwnie award". Retrieved 2010-12-17.
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