ICCD 2019 - Organizing Committee

ICCD 2019

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission
21-June-2019, 11:59pm AOE
28-June-2019, 11:59pm AOE(Extended)

Paper Submission
28-June-2019, 11:59pm AOE
7-July-2019, 11:59pm AOE(Extended)



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37th IEEE International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD'19)

Thorsten Holz

Professor in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Title: Towards Bridging the Gap between Hardware and Software Security


Abstract: Attackers have to overcome more and more obstacles to exploit a vulnerability in a given application because defense mechanisms such as stack protections, data-execution prevention (DEP), address space layout randomization (ASLR) and control-flow integrity (CFI) are nowadays widely deployed. Modern defenses often require that an attacker adapts her exploit to the current state of the application she is attacking. For this reason, many modern exploits target browsers or PDF readers, which come with a built-in scripting engine. Another important attack vector are side channels given that they enable an attacker to leak sensitive information about the system. In this talk, we will review recent advances in these areas and outline how computer designers and software security researchers can collaborate to address open challenges to stop even advanced attackers.





Thorsten Holz is a professor in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. His research interests include technical aspects of secure systems, with a specific focus on systems security. Currently, his work concentrates on reverse engineering, automated vulnerability detection, and studying latest attack vectors. He received the Dipl.-Inform. degree in Computer Science from RWTH Aachen, Germany (2005), and the Ph.D. degree from University of Mannheim (2009). Prior to joining Ruhr-University Bochum in April 2010, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Automation Systems Group at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria. In 2011, Thorsten received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and in 2014 an ERC Starting Grant. Furthermore, he is Co-Spokesperson of the Cluster of Excellence "CASA - Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries" (with C. Paar and E. Kiltz).