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Mind the Gap: Promises, Pitfalls, and Opportunities of Hardware-Assisted Security - 13 March, 2019

It is our pleasure to host this distinguished lecture by Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, TU Darmstadt.

Date: 13 March, 2019
Time: 11:45
Venue: Room 3.010, Maison du Savoir, Belval Campus, 2, avenue de l'Université, L-4365 Esch-sur-Alzette

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After years of research in hardware security, we are still missing adequate solutions to protect modern computing platforms. Deployed hardware solutions like PUFs, TPMs, and Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs) are lacking widespread usage, or have been attacked through various side-channels. Additionally, we are witnessing a shift towards cross-layer attacks, exploiting hardware vulnerabilities from software, also remotely, as demonstrated recently by attacks like CLKScrew, Meltdown, and Spectre, which affect even systems with advanced defenses such as (Control Flow Integrity (CFI). Moreover, the Hack@DAC 2018 hardware security competition revealed a protection gap for current chip designs, since existing verification approaches may fail to detect certain classes of vulnerabilities in RTL code.

This talk will provide an overview of hardware-assisted security. We will discuss the impact of deployed solutions, their strengths and shortcomings, as well as new research directions.

Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi is a professor of Computer Science at the TU Darmstadt, Germany. He is the head of the Systems Security Lab at the Cybersecurity Research Center of TU Darmstadt. He is also the director of the Intel Research Institute for Collaborative Autonomous Resilient Systems (ICRI-CARS) at TU Darmstadt. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Saarland, Germany. Prior to academia, he worked in R&D of Telecommunications enterprises, amongst others Ericsson Telecommunications.

He has been continuously contributing to security and privacy research.

He was Editor-In-Chief of IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine, served 5 years on the editorial board of the ACM Transactions on Information and System Security (TISSEC), and is currently on the editorial boards of ACM Books, ACM TODAES, ACM TIOT and ACM DTRAP.

For his influential research on Trusted and Trustworthy Computing he received the renowned German “Karl Heinz Beckurts” award. This award honors excellent scientific achievements with high impact on industrial innovations in Germany. In 2018 Prof. Sadeghi received the ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Contributions Award for dedicated research, education, and management leadership in the security community and for pioneering contributions in content protection, mobile security and hardware-assisted security. SIGSAC is ACM’s Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control.

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