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: Static Code Analysis
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
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
Valgrind – dynamic code analysis tool – part VII – ERROR: ld.so: object ‘/dev/shm/valgrind/lib/valgrind/vgpreload_core-amd64-linux.so’ from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded: ignored.
Recently encountered a ld error when starting 64-bit valgrind (3.7.0) for 64-bit binary. This is a bug in 3.7.0 and the fix will be submitted into 3.8.0. Detailed info could be found via (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=286270). As always, we could either checkout … Continue reading
Valgrind – dynamic code analysis tool – part VI – configure: error: please use gcc >= 3.0 or clang >= 2.9
This post is trying to figure out the reason why configure of valgrind may report the error like this – configure: error: please use gcc >= 3.0 or clang >= 2.9 and the stupid workaround to make the building go … Continue reading
Valgrind – dynamic code analysis tool – part V – valgrind: failed to start tool ‘memcheck’ for platform …
This post contains certain error message when ‘Valgrind’ is called: valgrind: failed to start tool ‘memcheck’ for platform ‘XXXXXX’: No such file or directory. There is a tricky question – can 32-bit valgrind be run on 64-bit platform? The answer is … Continue reading