Welcome to the Homepage for Research in System Security

Our group started its activities at UDE from 1st December 2016. We conduct research in the area of system and software security. Our research areas include smart contract security, trusted computing, embedded security, vulnerability discovery, and hardware-based software security. More information on current research projects can be found on our research page.

Since summer term 2017, our group offers courses in the area of system and software security. More information on lectures as well as open bachelor and master theses can be found on our teaching page.

Current Announcements

 Mon, 14. May. 2018   Rodler, Michael

Projektgruppe: FETA - Fuzzer Evaluation Through Automation (WS 2018/2019)

Im Wintersemester 2018/2019 bieten wir eine Projektgruppe zum Thema Vulnerability Discovery und Fuzzing an. Das Thema wird erstmals am Mittwoch, 16.05.2018, 16.30-18 Uhr (Raum SL 012) kurz vorgestellt. Die ausführliche Vorstellung...
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 Mon, 07. May. 2018   Davi, Lucas

Accepted Paper at USENIX Security Symposium 2018

In collaboration with University of Padua (Italy) and TU Darmstadt (Germany), we developed novel software exploits against code running inside Intel's recent security technology Software Guard Extensions (SGX). The results of our...
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 Fri, 09. Mar. 2018   Surminski, Sebastian


In cooperation with the Chaospott, a hacker space in Essen, the Chair for Systems Security has instantiated a regular CTF meetup. In this informal meeting, people can chat about CTFs and related topics of IT security.
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 Tue, 20. Feb. 2018   Davi, Lucas

Upcoming Courses in Summer Term

In the summer term 2018 we again offer our lecture on secure software systems. In this lecture, we investigate software (zero-day) exploitation techniques and defenses, and conduct hands-on security labs. In addition, we also...
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 Mon, 25. Sep. 2017   Davi, Lucas

Paper Accepted at ACSAC 2017

Breaking and Fixing Destructive Code Reads
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 Mon, 22. May. 2017   Davi, Lucas

Rowhammer Defense Paper Accepted at USENIX Security Symposium 2017

CAn’t Touch This: New Software-Based Defense Against Rowhammer Attacks
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 Thu, 15. Dec. 2016   SYSSEC

Two Papers Accepted at NDSS 2017

Two accepted papers at the renowned 24th Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS): PT-Rand - Practical Mitigation of Data-only Attacks against Page Tables. Davi, Lucas; Gens, David; Liebchen, Christopher;...
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 Mon, 05. Dec. 2016   SYSSEC

SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award

SYSSEC Group Leader Lucas Davi has been awarded with the SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award 2016
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