Saturday 30 August 2014

Some Interesting Numbers - Kaprekar's Constant, Polygonal Numbers and Highly Composite Numbers

I thought I would wrote a small article on some numbers which I find interesting, I may expand upon this topic in the future, but for this article I'm going to restrict myself to three forms of number: Kaprekar's Constant, Polygonal Numbers and Highly Composite Numbers.

Kaprekar's Constant: 

Kaprekar's Constant is a special constant discovered by the Indian Mathematician called D.R.Kaprekar. The constant has the value of 6174. The constant comes from a simple algorithm known as Kaprekar's Routine. The constant can be produced from at most 7 iterations.

Kaprekar's Constant will always be produced after iterating through Kaprekar's Routine, when given an arbitrary 4 digit integer, providing that at least two of the digits are different otherwise the constant will not be produced.

For example, using 3524 from Wikipedia (since the number of steps is knowingly small), arrange the number in descending order and then ascending order. Subtract these two numbers, and then repeat the process until you reach 6174. You may add any leading 0's to maintain a four digit number.

5432 - 2345 = 3087
8730 - 0378 = 8532
8532 - 2358 = 6174
7641 - 1467 = 6174

Polygonal Numbers:

Polygonal Numbers when arranged as dots will form a polygon like a triangle or square. The Polygonal Numbers usually have a simple formula associated with them.

The first Hexagonal numbers are given as follows:

The general formula for any s-sided polygonal number can be given by the following:

$$P(S,N) = \frac{n^2(s - 2) - n(s-4)}{2}$$

For any given s-sided polygonal number, whereby P(S,N) = X, then the nth term number for X can be found using the following formula:

$$n = \frac{\sqrt{8(s -2) x +(s-4)^2} + (s-4)}{2(s-2)}$$

Highly Composite Numbers:

Highly Composite Numbers are a infinite sequence of numbers with the property, that the number of divisors is greater than any smaller n (any smaller number).

The first Highly Composite Numbers (HCN) are as listed below:

1, 2, 4, 6, 12, 24, 36, 48,...

For example, the number of divisors for 24 is 8, and the all the numbers below 24, have a number of divisors which is not greater than 8 and therefore 24 is considered to be a Highly Composite Number.

There some interesting properties related to Highly Composite Numbers which can be found in the References section.


Highly Composite Number - Wikipedia
Highly Composite Number
Table of Divisors
6174 - Wikipedia
Polygonal Number
Polygonal Number - Wikipedia

Tuesday 19 August 2014

Chromatic Properties of House and House X Graphs

As with Bull Graphs, House Graphs are simple graphs (not the Graph Theoretic definition) which have been neglected. They may not be interesting or yield any important findings to professional research mathematicians, but I haven't been able to find a paper or website which lists or shows any of the House Graphs properly at all. My intention is simply to state and prove of these properties.

Please note I'm not a professional mathematician and I'm not even studying for a Mathematics degree (Computer Science), and therefore may make mistakes or misunderstandings.

There are two main variants of House Graphs, and in this article I will listing the Vertex Colouring and Edge Colouring properties of such graphs. The two graphs are the House Graph and the House-X Graph.

House Graph
House-X Graph
Both of the graphs are simple graphs, and the same number of vertices. In terms of the structure of the graph, the only difference between the graphs are the number of edges. The number edges for the House Graph is 6 and the number of edges for the House-X Graph is 8. The number of edges will be fundamental to the chromatic properties of these graphs.

 Chromatic Number:

The Chromatic Number is defined to be the minimum vertex colouring of a graph G. $$\chi(G)$$ is the common notation for the chromatic number of a given graph called G. The minimum vertex colouring is the smallest number of k-colours needed to colour the vertices, so that no two adjacent vertices contain the same colour; no two vertices connected by a common edge have the same vertex colour.
The chromatic number of a House X Graph is 4, this is very obvious, because the chromatic number of a complete graph with n vertices is n. The House-X Graph contains a complete graph of 4 vertices, and the addition of a 'isolated' single vertex creates a chromatic number of 4. 

The chromatic number of the House Graph is 3, for a one main reason, the 3-Complete Graph is a subgraph of the House Graph which leads to the fact at least three colours to required. This isn't really a rigorous proof as such, but by attempting to colour the graph with only 2 colours, the idea will become more apparent.

Chromatic Index:

The Chromatic Index of a graph is defined to be the minimum edge colouring of a graph G. The edge colouring of a graph, is when two or more edges incident to a common vertex do not share the same edge colour. Since the House-X Graph and the House Graph are both simple graphs, then Vizing's Theorem can be applied here to show the chromatic index of both graphs.
Vizing's Theorem states that the minimum number of colours needed to edge colour a graph is the maximum degree or the maximum degree with the addition of 1. The maximum degree of a graph is the largest degree of a vertex within the graph. The degree is the number of edges incident to that vertex.

The House Graph has a chromatic index of 3, and the House-X Graph has a chromatic index of 4. The chromatic index for the House Graph is mostly due to the 3-Complete Graph being present as a subgraph, and the fact that Complete Graphs on odd n vertices will have a chromatic index of n.


Saturday 9 August 2014

Windows Access Tokens - !token and _TOKEN

Windows needs to ensure that untrusted code and untrusted users aren't accessing important areas of the operating system, and creating problems which would ultimately lead to a vast number of BSODs.

Windows manages this through Access Tokens which are used to identify the security context of a process/thread and a user. Access Tokens take two main forms: a Primary access token and a Impersonation access token. The Access Token additionally has two important features which are integral to security validation: SIDs (Security Identifiers) and a Privilege Array which contains the privileges allowed for that object.

The token type can be found within a enumeration called TOKEN_TYPE. 

 The data structure can be found under the TokenType field within the _TOKEN structure. The Primary type determines the security context of the process for the currently logged on user, and the Impersonation type allows a thread to temporarily use a different security context.

The Token type can also be found using the !token extension:

We can view the Privilege Array within WinDbg, by using the !token extension with the address of the access token for a given process, the Privilege Array can be seen below:

As mentioned before, the SID is used to determine if a thread or process has access to an object, and the privilege array will determine what that process or thread is able to do with that object. For example, being able to read and write to a file object.

SIDs have a unique format, and each segment will provide some useful identity information. Each SID will be stored with a _SID data structure as shown below:

 These fields can be found within a SID, for which I will demonstrate in a moment. Each SID will have a S prefix. If you know the address of a SID, then you can use the !sid extension to translate the address into the appropriate SID.

The three numbers in yellow, and in preceding in chronological order, represent the use of the SID, the revision number and identifier authority. The blue represents the sub-authorities and the green represents the RID or relative identifier.

The SID use can be found within an enumeration called SID_NAME_USE. The 1 indicates that this is a User SID.

The sub-authorities belong to the identifier authority, and used for more unique identification. The identifier authority or issuing authority tends to be Windows.

The relative identifier is used to identify the SID in relation to the issuing authority. Each unique user or group will start at 1000, and for each new user or group, then this number be incremented by 1, therefore there is at least two users on this system. Administrators are typically given 500 and Guest accounts are given 501.

Primary and Impersonation Tokens have two subtypes: Restricted Tokens and Filtered Admin Token. A Restricted Token is derived from another access token with the following limitations:
  • Privileges can be removed from the privilege array.
  • The SIDs in the token can have their access altered.
 There is also a Filtered Admin Token which alters access rights, sets the integrity level to medium and most of the privileges are removed from the privilege array. 

I will conclude this article by describing some of the more interesting and helpful fields within the _TOKEN data structure.

TokenSource - The _TOKEN_SOURCE structure provides a information pretaining to the soruce of the access token. This can be the RPC server, Session Manager or LAN Manager.

TokenID, ParentTokenID and AuthenticationId - The Locally Unique Identifier (_LUID) is used to uniquely identify a access token from the many other potiental access tokens being used on the system. See the _TOKEN_CONTROL data structure for more information.

Privileges - The _SEP_TOKEN_PRIVILEGES structure contains the array of privileges related to the access token.

TokenType - The _TOKEN_TYPE shows if the access token is a primary or impersonation token.

ImpersonationLevel -  The _SECURITY_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL is an enumeration of impersonation levels for the impersonation token. There is four different impersonation levels.

TokenFlags - This field contains any flags which have been set for the access token.

TokenInUse - Shows if the access token is currently being used.

SidHash, RestrictedSidHash - These two hashes for the SID have been added to prevent token stealing. These hashes are checked each time the token is used.


SID Components (Windows)
Access Tokens (Windows)
Restricted Tokens (Windows)
Impersonation Levels (Windows)