Talk about security

Language technology to enhance software and system security

Recently, for example, Yahoo admitted that hackers stole a billion (sic!) passwords. After briefly talking about the current state of cyber-security, he analyzed the current software ecosystem and identify a fundamental flaw: the software monoculture. He illustrated return-oriented programming (ROP) and showed how software diversity effectively mitigates this attack vector. Finally, by showing its use to thwart timing-based cache side channels, Brunthaler demonstrated the versatility of software diversity.


Short biography

Stefan Brunthaler holds the Chair for Secure Software Engineering at the National Cyber Defense Research Institute (CODE) in Munich, where he also directs the newly established SPECTRE lab--short for Security, Privacy, and Performance Enhancing Compilation Techniques Research laboratory. Stefan obtained a PhD from TU Wien in 2011, followed by more than four years as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Irvine. Upon returning to Austria, he was a key researcher at SBA Research in Vienna until he received a call to join Paderborn University as a Professor for Compilers and Programming Languages in 2016. In 2017 he joined the CODE research institute at the Bundeswehr University Munich.

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