Academic Pursuits

Published on 24 February 2010
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Like any obedient grad student, I wrote a lot of papers while recently working on my Masters degree. While most were admittedly specialized and pedantic (and probably read like they were written by SCIgen), some may accidentally have some real world relevance. Just last week, I handed out my XTEA paper to a co-worker who was foolish enough to ask.

At the risk that others might be interested, I posted a couple of the less obscure ones where I was the sole author; they are:

The Tiny Encryption Algorithm (TEA)The Tiny Encryption Algorithm (TEA) was designed by Wheeler and Needham to be indeed “tiny” (small and simple), yet fast and cryptographically strong. In my research and experiments, I sought to gain firsthand experience to assess its relative simplicity, performance, and effectiveness. This paper reports my findings, affirms the inventors’ claims, identifies problems with incorrect implementations and cryptanalysis, and recommends some solutions.  
Practical Wireless Network SecuritySecurity measures are available to protect data communication over wireless networks in general, and IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi) in particular. Unfortunately, these measures are not widely used, and many of them are easily circumvented. While Wi-Fi security risks are often reported in the technical media, these are largely ignored in practice. This report explores reasons why.  

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