Re: [tcpinc] Andrea Bittau

Jana Iyengar <> Wed, 01 March 2017 02:30 UTC

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I am really really sorry to hear this. Andrea was a great contributor and I
always enjoyed my conversations with him. I was excited when Andrea
expressed interest in and eventually joined Google.
My condolences to those close to him.

On Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 5:42 PM, <> wrote:

> I'm incredibly sad to report that Andrea Bittau died in a motorcycle
> accident on Saturday.  Andrea was one of the most cheerful and likable
> people I've ever met.  He was also a brilliant engineer, undaunted by
> the most intimidating challenges.  I've never known anyone as good as
> him at diving into a huge messy pile of someone else's code and figuring
> out exactly how to get something done--often through an amazingly clever
> and original simplifying hack.  Andrea was one of those rare security
> researchers who could be equally effective on the attack or the defense
> side.  Though he put the final nail in WEP's coffin and later blew away
> the Oakland 2014 audience with his demonstration of blind
> return-oriented programming, he will be equally remembered for his
> contributions to the TCPINC working group, fine-grained privilege
> separation, and cryptographically-enforced control-flow integrity.
> Andrea will be sorely missed.
> David
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