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: Linux Distro
I wrote two blog posts about Linux kernel build on Ubuntu [1,2]. There is also an official wiki page talking about the same thing . Still, things are broken when I try to create a homework assignment for my class. … Continue reading
Rowhammer attacks have been well known, and gotten a lot of publications already. However, we notice that most rowhammers happened on x86 architecture due to the easy access to clflush from the user space. ARM architecture (both ARMv7 and ARMv8) … Continue reading
Last time when I hacked the Linux kernel on Ubuntu, it was 4.4 on LTS 14.04. Time flies. Now I need to hack the kernel 4.13 again on LTS 16.04, and find the kernel build broken. It is fine that … Continue reading
After almost 5 hours of upgrading, my server has been successfully upgraded from Fedora 21 to Fedora 24, which uses the latest stable kernel 4.6. There is a online post demonstrating how to upgrade from Fedora 21 to 23 using … Continue reading
I wrote a post about kernel relay 2 years go (https://davejingtian.org/2013/06/29/relay-linux-kernel-relay-filesystem/). However, I have realized that I did not understand relay until recently when I was debugging a relay-related bug. Though I was working on RHEL 2.6.32 kernel, this post … Continue reading
In my old post (https://davejingtian.org/2015/02/17/retrieve-pid-from-the-packet-in-unix-domain-socket-a-complete-use-case-for-recvmsgsendmsg/), we talked about how to retrieve the peer PID from Unix domain socket using struct ucred. A more smart way to do this is using getsockopt() syscall with option SO_PEERCRED directly. As you expected (or … 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
Believe or not, Fedora’s release upgrade is always troublesome, partially because of the package management imposed, which is initially designed to ease the update for binaries. After the painful experience from Fedora 19 to 20, I have just gone thru … Continue reading