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, trusted and confidential computing, and hardware security and trust. All opinions are my own.
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Tag Archives: gcc
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
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
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
Comparing with ‘normal’ Linux kernel build, the ‘official’ Linux kernel build for each distribution is confusing and awkward. Debian 7.1 Wheezy may be friendly but still needs cautions. The good thing is you do not need to patch the original … 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
We are moving our product’s OS from RedHat 5 to 6, as well as new version of ‘gcc’ (4.X) along with RH6. To port the existing code to RH6 with new compiler, there might be a lot of things we … Continue reading
A recent software bug caused a serious data damage in our customer’s side, which is using an uninit sturcture member. This post gives a practical comparison between kinds of static code analysis tools for this specific bug among popular commerical … Continue reading
I am not sure if there is a bug declaration for g++ 3.X (have not checked the doc yet). On the other hand, g++ 4.X, however, could compile the example code below silently. Anyway, seems for g++ 3.X, reference operator … Continue reading
1. coding pattern # Pattern used by as and ld .section .data < initialized data here> .section .bss < uninitialized data here> .section .text .globl _start _start: < instruction code here> ———————————- # Pattern used by gcc .section .data < … Continue reading