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Welcome to the Backend Engineering Show podcast with your host Hussein Nasser. If you like software engineering you’ve come to the right place. I discuss all sorts of software engineering technologies and news with specific focus on the backend. All opinions are my own.

Most of my content in the podcast is an audio version of videos I post on my youtube channel here http://www.youtube.com/c/HusseinNasser-software-engineering

The Backend Engineering Show with Hussein Nasser Hussein Nasser

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    • 4.7 • 13 Ratings

Welcome to the Backend Engineering Show podcast with your host Hussein Nasser. If you like software engineering you’ve come to the right place. I discuss all sorts of software engineering technologies and news with specific focus on the backend. All opinions are my own.

Most of my content in the podcast is an audio version of videos I post on my youtube channel here http://www.youtube.com/c/HusseinNasser-software-engineering

    Auth0 Outage (Early report)

    Auth0 Outage (Early report)

    Auth0 went down on April/20/2021 and this is the early report. Let us discuss.
    This incident affects: Auth0 US (PROD) (User Authentication, Machine to Machine Authentication, Multi-factor Authentication, Management API), Auth0 US (PREVIEW) (User Authentication, Machine to Machine Authentication, Multi-factor Authentication, Management API), and Management Dashboard (manage.auth0.com).
    0:00 Update on Auth0 outage
    6:00 Speculation of the outage
    https://auth0.com/blog/how-we-store-data-in-the-cloud-at-auth0/#Redis
    https://status.auth0.com/incidents/zvjzyc7912g5?u=v0zzz6jxvbv7

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    • 11 min
    North Korean Hackers Hide Malicious Code within BMP image, Goes Undetected by AntiVirus software

    North Korean Hackers Hide Malicious Code within BMP image, Goes Undetected by AntiVirus software

    Let us discuss the complexity behind this trojan hack, the multi-layer approach of hiding the RAT (remote access trojan) is absolutely genius.



    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML_Application https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Network_Graphics https://blog.malwarebytes.com/malwarebytes-news/2021/04/lazarus-apt-conceals-malicious-code-within-bmp-file-to-drop-its-rat/


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    • 14 min
    These New WhatsApp Vulnerabilities Can Leak Images, Voice Notes, and Chat by Opening an HTML message

    These New WhatsApp Vulnerabilities Can Leak Images, Voice Notes, and Chat by Opening an HTML message

    Few vulnerabilities in WhatsApp for Andriod discovered that allow an attacker to send an HTML file attachment full access to the user's media, voice notes, pictures, and eventually chat messages (through TLS session resumption keys). In this video, we will discuss the scope of this attack. The vulnerabilities have been patched by facebook.

    Full article from CENSUS labs discussing in detail how to carry POC attack.  https://census-labs.com/news/2021/04/14/whatsapp-mitd-remote-exploitation-CVE-2021-24027/

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    A Look into Modern Leaky Abstractions - Postgres, MySQL, HTTP/2, TCP, ORMs GraphQL, N+1, Axios, git

    A Look into Modern Leaky Abstractions - Postgres, MySQL, HTTP/2, TCP, ORMs GraphQL, N+1, Axios, git

    Leaky abstractions occur when the consumer of the abstraction started asking questions about certain behavior which ends up with the need to understand the details behind the abstraction. Joel Spolsky coined this term and in this video I’d like to discuss this concept and provide few examples of my own experience towards leaky abstractions. Let us get on with the show.

    6:00 Postgres Dead Tuples

    7:25 MySQL Clustering

    9:23 Axios HTTP Library

    11:30 ORMs (N+1)

    13:30 Beyond Abstractions

    15:30 TCP

    19:30 HTTP/2

    27:00 Microservices

    28:40 Index Only Scans Postgres

    33:35 git

    34:50 Summary


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    • 37 min
    Here is what caused the Hack to PHP Source Code git Server

    Here is what caused the Hack to PHP Source Code git Server

    Two weeks ago the PHP source code git server got hacked and two malicious commits were made to the source code. Since then the PHP maintainers identified the source of the hack, let us discuss


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    • 13 min
    If I wasn’t a Backend Engineer, I would pick this as my career - Q&A April 2021

    If I wasn’t a Backend Engineer, I would pick this as my career - Q&A April 2021

    Light episode today let's have some fun with Q&A, I collected some questions on Twitter and YouTube community and I'm going to attempt to answer them here.


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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Jacob(o) ,

My favorite GIS podcast

I absolutely love this podcast. As a GIS person, l’m trying to learn as much about software engineering as I can, especially application development. Hussein delivers, both as an educator and entertaining podcast host. He covers super relevant topics that are useful in the industry. Keep up the great work!

A1nouru ,

SO MUCH EGOO IN THIS POD!!

So I listened to the Pod Episode where he was discussing about a blog post where Uber migrated from PostgreSQL. Usually there is a always a good way to criticize things in a constructive way but this guy trashed the whole Company as if he’s the most intelligent person in the world. This is my first review on the internet, too bad it’s a bad one. Hussein please stop talking down on other people’s work for your own glory, there is a good way to criticize things. Plus, please try to lower your EGO, it’s above and beyond. Other than this, It’s a good thing that you’re one of the very few people with Backend podcasts :) :)

Kim Sundeen-GIS Developer ,

Staying on the leading edge in the cross section of GIS and software engineer in

I listen to this podcast on my way into work or while exercising. It gives me food for thought and a lead in discussion at work for knowing what topics to continue researching or learn about. I especially love how Hussein breaks down the complicated topics and to piecemeal bits for every day discussion. Thank you for all your hard work Hussein!

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