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From: full-disclosure at (
Subject: programming

First you need to know the machine architectures of the most commonly used
machines (x86, SPARC, PowerPC) so you can understand how a machine processes
instructions and allocates memory.
Then you need to know the OS architecture, Unix(Linux, Darwin xBSD etc.) and

You need to know C, since 90% of all system software is written in C.
Then you need to know assembler for x86 (or Solaris HP etc.) so you can
understand the shell code and effects of code. 

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Patrick Olsen
Sent: April 27, 2004 4:20 PM
To: Security List
Subject: [Full-Disclosure] programming

I was wondering what the first and best language to learn would be for
someone new in the security field in order to understand the exploits better
and all of thoes things.

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