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: OS
This post talks about what happened recently in the Linux kernel mailing list discussion. While this post does not dig into compiler internals or the whole picture between the Linux kernel and compilers, we discuss 2 specific issues from gcc … 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
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
I found this in “Understanding the Linux Kernel” (ULK). I believe I have seen a lot of analogies in computer science. But this one is “Simply the Best”. I am not going to put anything here except the original analogy … 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
Found this figure online. The title of this diagram may be biased as it is not the complete I/O stack but a concentration on block devices with a focus on SCSI layer. Some important missing stuffs, in my opinion, include … 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