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Hector Marco Gisbert


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Dr. Hector Marco-Gisbert, MIEEE, BSc (Hons) in Computer Engineering, MSc in Industrial Computing and Control Systems and PhD in Engineering in Computer Science, Cybersecurity with maximum distinctions. 

Area of academic expertise - outline

Initially, he participated in several research projects where the main goal was to develop an hypervisor for the next generation of space crafts for the ESA (European Space Agency). He extend the scope of the  projects by including security aspects. After more than 6 years of experience in virtualisation, he shifted deeper to Cybersecurity making substantial contributions to the Linux kernelGlibcGRUB and other open software projects. Since then, he has accumulated more than 5 years of experience in low level Cybersecurity receiving awards and recognitions from GooglePacket Storm Security and IBM for his security contributions. Currently, he is lecturer in Cybersecurity and Virtualisation at the University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow, UK.

Current research activities

Cyber Security at different levels:           
   - Operating System security: KASLR, Multitenancy, vTPM, etc.
   - Native application security: ASLR-NG, RenewSSP, CFI, etc.
   - Browser security: SOP, web firewall, etc.


Desired research direction

His main interests background and research includes to identify and thwart critical real security threats focusing on servers and smartphone platforms. From multi tenancy at operating system level in cloud environments to the design of practical low level attacks and protection techniques at Kernel or user level.


  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • CybserSecurity
  • Operating Systems

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Entropy Engineering & Materials Science
Data storage equipment Engineering & Materials Science
Servers Engineering & Materials Science
Linux Engineering & Materials Science
Monitoring Engineering & Materials Science
Computer operating systems Engineering & Materials Science
Hinges Engineering & Materials Science
Application programs Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2013 2014

CVE-2013-6825 - DCMTK 3.6.1 - root privilege escalation

Marco, H. & Ripoll, I. 25 Mar 2014

Research output: Other contribution

CVE-2014-1226 - s3dvt - root shell

Marco Gisbert, H. & Ripoll, I. 25 Mar 2014

Research output: Other contribution

CVE-2014-5439 - root shell on sniffit

Ripoll, I. & Marco, H. 2014

Research output: Other contribution


On the Effectiveness of Full-ASLR on 64-bit Linux

Marco Gisbert, H. & Ripoli, I. 20 Nov 2014 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


On the effectiveness of NX, SSP, RenewSSP, and ASLR against stack buffer overflows

Marco Gisbert, H. & Ripoll, I. 16 Oct 2014 2014 IEEE 13th International Symposium on Network Computing and Applications: NCA 2014. IEEE, p. 145-152 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Computer operating systems


Address space layout randomization (ASLR) for Linux S390

Hector Marco Gisbert (Recipient) & Ismael Ripoll (Recipient), Jul 2016

Prize: National/international honour

Data storage equipment

Fix of reduced stack entropy in the Linux ASLR

Hector Marco Gisbert (Recipient) & Ismael Ripoll (Recipient), Aug 2015

Prize: National/international honour


Fix of the offset2lib weakness

Hector Marco Gisbert (Recipient) & Ismael Ripoll (Recipient), Sep 2015

Prize: National/international honour


Offset2lib: Bypassing Full ASLR On 64bit Linux

Hector Marco Gisbert (Recipient) & Ismael Ripoll (Recipient), Dec 2014

Prize: National/international honour


Solving cache conflicts in AMD Bulldozer

Hector Marco Gisbert (Recipient) & Ismael Ripoll (Recipient), Jul 2015

Prize: National/international honour

Program processors

Activities 2013 2016

Abusing LUKS to Hack the System

Marco Gisbert, H. (Speaker), Ismael Ripoll (Speaker)
Nov 2016

Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Invited talk

Expert and panel evaluator - H2020 proposals

Marco Gisbert, H. (Member)

Activity: Types of Business and Community - Membership of public/government advisory/policy group or panel

Bypassing Trusted Code: Hacking GRUB

Marco Gisbert, H. (Speaker)
Dec 2015

Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Invited talk

Committee member

Marco Gisbert, H. (Member)

Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

SSP and ASLR memory protection techniques: design and implementation issues

Marco Gisbert, H. (Speaker)
Oct 2015

Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Invited talk