Tavis Ormandy is an English computer security white hat hacker. He is currently employed by Google as part of their Project Zero team.
Ormandy is credited with discovering severe vulnerabilities in LibTIFF, Sophos' antivirus software and Microsoft Windows. With Natalie Silvanovich he discovered a severe vulnerability in FireEye products in 2015.
His findings with Sophos' products led him to write a 30-page paper entitled "Sophail: Applied attacks against Sophos Antivirus" in 2012, which concludes that the company was "working with good intentions" but is "ill-equipped to handle the output of one co-operative security researcher working in his spare time" and that its products shouldn't be used on high-value systems.
He also created an exploit in 2014 to demonstrate how a vulnerability in glibc known since 2005 could be used to gain root access on an affected machine running a 32-bit version of Fedora.
In 2016, he demonstrated multiple vulnerabilities in Trend Micro Antivirus on Windows related to the Password Manager, and vulnerabilities in Symantec security products.
In February 2017, he found and reported a critical bug in Cloudflare's infrastructure leaking user-sensitive data along with requests affecting millions of websites around the world which has been referred to as Cloudbleed (in reference to the Heartbleed bug that Google co-discovered).
- ^ Greenberg, Andy (15 July 2014). "Meet 'Project Zero,' Google's Secret Team of Bug-Hunting Hackers". Wired.com. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
- ^ Constantin, Lucian (30 December 2014). "Hey, devs! Those software libraries aren't always safe to use". Computerworld. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
- ^ Greenberg, Andy (4 August 2011). "Google Researcher Exposes Flaws In Sophos Software, Slams Antivirus Industry". Forbes. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
- ^ Keizer, Gregg (23 May 2013). "Google engineer bashes Microsoft's handling of security researchers, discloses Windows zero-day". Computerworld. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
- ^ Ormandy, Tavis (15 December 2015). "Project Zero: FireEye Exploitation: Project Zero's Vulnerability of the Beast". Project Zero. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
- ^ Tung, Liam (6 November 2012). "Google security researcher: Keep Sophos away from high value systems". CSO Online. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
- ^ Evans, Chris (25 August 2014). "Project Zero: The poisoned NUL byte, 2014 edition". Project Zero. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
- ^ Goodin, Dan (11 January 2016). "Google security researcher excoriates TrendMicro for critical AV defects". Ars Technica. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- ^ "Incident report on memory leak caused by Cloudflare parser bug". Retrieved 23 February 2017.
- Official website
- Tavis Ormandy publications indexed by Google Scholar
- "Sophail: Applied attacks against Sophos Antivirus" - Ormandy's paper on insecurities in Sophos products