I am Dave Jing Tian, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Purdue University working on system security. My research involves embedded systems, operating systems, and trusted computing. All opinions are my own.
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Category Archives: Security
kcov is a kernel feature used to support syzkaller. To provide the code coverage information from the kernel itself, the GCC compiler was patched to instrument the kernel image. The kernel itself was also patched to enable this feature where … Continue reading
Intel SGX CPU (staring from Skylake) has been there for while. The good news is that there is still no known exploitation against SGX self yet, though there are some exploitations in the enclave code and Intel SGX SDK. In … Continue reading
Our paper “Making USB Great Again with USBFILTER” has been accepted by USENIX Security’16. This post provides a summary of usbfilter. For details, please read the damn paper or download the presentation video/slides from USENIX website. I will head to … Continue reading
While most tools for MRE are staightforward, some of them require time, patience, and skills to show the full power. For static analysis, this means IDA; for dynamic analysis, it is OllyDbg (and WinDbg for Windows kernel debugging). In this … Continue reading
I took a “Malware Reverse Engineering (MRE)” class last semeter and it was fun to me, partially because I was not a Windows person, though I am still not. What seems ridiculous to me is how trivial one can write … Continue reading
Finally, 4 months after our paper was accepted by ACSAC’15, I could now write a blog talking about our work – GoodUSB, and release the code, due to some software patent bul*sh*t. (I sincerely think software patent should be abolished … Continue reading
Linux Provenance kernel (2.6.32) and tools for CentOS and RedHat Enterprise Linux https://github.com/daveti/prov-kernel https://github.com/daveti/prov-tools Linux kernel crypto – DSA https://github.com/daveti/kdsa During the development on kernel 2.6.32, we found a bug in mpi-pow.c which failed DSA. The patch file has been included … Continue reading
Our paper “Trustworthy Whole-System Provenance for the Linux Kernel” has been accepted by USENIX Security 2015. While details could be found in the paper (link below), I would like to talk about some background about LPM (a.k.a., Linux Provenance Module, … Continue reading
Our paper, as titled, has been accepted by DIMVA 2015 – Milano, Italy. While the final paper will not be released until July, we will have a brief summary of what we have done in this post. Another focus here … Continue reading