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: Programming
This post talks about 3 commits I have recently added into my own valgrind tree , including the support for fsgsbase instructions, rdrand/rdseed instructions, and adding a new trapdoor (client request) to support gdb-like add-symbol-file command. Note that all these … Continue reading
Valgrind has a client request mechanism, which allows a client to pass some information back to valgrind. This includes asks valgrind to do a logging in its own environment, tells valgrind a range of VA being used as a new … Continue reading
This post mainly talks about the correct usage of tsc counters provided by Intel x86/x86-64 architectures to measure the Linux kernel code execution time. Most of the content here is borrowed/inspired from . Note that this is NOT a post … Continue reading
This post talks about list and charlist in Elixir, and discusses one specific issue in Elixir. Let’s look at the confusing thing in Elixir: iex(2)> a =  ‘\a’ iex(3)> b = ‘\a’ ‘\a’ iex(4)> a == b true iex(5)> … Continue reading
The naive way of using the Actor model in Elixir is using “receive” in a loop, which is then “spawn”d as a Erlang process. Unfortunately, a potential DoS attack could happen if the pattern matching is not coded carefully with … Continue reading
OTP as a programming platform/framework, empowers not only Erlang, but also Elixir. This post looks into a pitfall when programming GenServer in Elixir, and provides a potential solution. All callbacks in the GenServer behavior have a limited and pre-defined possible … Continue reading
Negative indexing in C, such as a[-1], is legit, although rarely used. There are reasons (pitfalls) why negative indexing is not recommended. This post discusses these pitfalls when using negative indexing (for fun). 1. Negative indexing within the bound In … 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
Brad and I were working on some text similarity computation. One of the most popular string distance functions is the Levenshtein distance, which is also called the edit distance. We use Python for its brevity and widely-library support (OK, I … Continue reading