[tcpinc] Andrea Bittau

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Subject: [tcpinc] Andrea Bittau
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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.