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Thursday, January 19 • 12:07am - 12:17am
Learning to Explore Linux Kernel as a Newbie and Getting Stuck - Abdul Rafey, Linux Foundation

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Abdul Rafey was shortlisted for Linux Kernel Bug Fixing Fall 2022. He faced several challenges while setting up the workspace. Even while analyzing bugs, he got stuck at many places. Yet he remained determined and learned a lot analyzing the bug Slab-out-of-bounds Read in _fscache_acquire_volume() in fs/fscache/volume.c. This talk will be about the lessons he learned during the Mentorship. My mentor, Shuah Khan, is awesome. She guided me and other fellow mentees on every aspect and every stage of the mentorship program. She had answered tons of our questions. Her live demonstrations of Linux Kernel Development and analyses of bugs were immensely helpful. She encouraged us to explore new technologies that were being utilized in Linux Kernel Development. I became a proficient Linux user. I learned to analyze running processes and services on my system. I became comfortable in reading System Logs! I learned to use several static analysis and dynamic analysis tools such as Coccinelle, sparse, syzbot,etc. I used GNU Debugger to analyze the Linux kernel running on a QEMU/KVM utilizing a TCP connection. And most importantly, I became a better C programmer.

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Abdul Rafey

LFX Mentee, LFX, Linux Foundation
I am a student pursuing Masters In Computer Applications from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India. I am an open source enthusiast.

Thursday January 19, 2023 12:07am - 12:17am EST