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Presenters and Presentations

We are forever looking for volunteers to present at the chapter meetings, so if you've seen something interesting or you have something to say, please let us know.

Often, when we approach potential presenters, we tend to get the following response – “I don’t think my topic is interesting enough”. We just want to stress that as long as the topic is security related – we’re all ears! We’re just a bunch of nice people wanting to learn/share our knowledge of the security domain. So if you would like to present or know of someone that does, please contact us.

Presentations must be vendor agnostic (no selling of products or services), and please review the Speaker Agreement linked above.

Chapter Meetings

Next Brisbane Chapter Meeting - Tuesday August 18, 2015

In August's meeting, David Jorm will present on the topic "Red Star OS".

Red Star OS is the North Korean Linux distribution of choice. Originally discovered by a Russian exchange student in Pyongyang, several versions have now been leaked. Red Star includes several interesting packages, including what looks like an anti-virus program. Analysis of the most recent leaked release shows that while it looks like AV - since it is intercepting file read/write hooks - it is far more sinister. The package is in fact fingerprinting certain files when they are read and viewed, allowing state security agents to construct an audit log of who viewed and distributed "illicit" media, such as regime-destroying South Korean soap operas. This presentation will briefly describe the offending package and community analysis efforts, and then explore the implications for North Korea's regime and security apparatus in detail.

David has been involved in the software industry for the last 15 years, with a focus on security. By day, he manages product security for IIX, as well as several open source projects such as OpenDaylight and ONOS. By night, he indulges his horrible fascination with North Korea, and has been quoted by a major newspaper as saying the North Korean nuclear program is "ready to rock".

Venue: Red Hat Offices, Level 1, 193 North Quay, Brisbane.

Time: 5:30pm for a 6pm start. Lifts to Level 1 will be locked after 6pm. Please arrive before then!

Date: Tuesday 18th August

Close: Session is expected to be completed by 7:30pm.

RSVP: There are limited seats. Please RSVP at

There will be a social gathering at a local hostelry afterwards. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Brisbane OWASP Chapter Leaders

The chapter leaders are Anne Luk, Wade Alcorn, Glyn Geoghegan and David Jorm