Booz Allen Colloquium: "Continuing Arms Race: Malware Attacks on Embedded Systems & Countermeasures"

Friday, November 21, 2014
3:00 p.m.
Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, Rm. 1110
Jasmine Cooper

Booz Allen Hamilton Distinguished Colloquium in Electrical and Computer Engineering

"The Continuing Arms Race: Malware Attacks on Embedded Systems and Countermeasures"

Professor Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi
Technische Universitaet Darmstadt


Modern societies are highly dependent on information and communications systems that are increasingly generating, storing and processing sensitive information. Motivated by various interests, attackers design malware to subvert these systems to access sensitive information, or to simply take over control. They employ sophisticated techniques (e.g., code reuse) that require no code injection to compromise devices. These attacks have already been shown to be very powerful in practice. In this talk, we discuss various challenges in the arms race between malware (especially, code reuse attacks) and defenses, with a particular focus on embedded and mobile systems. Embedded systems are becoming increasingly pervasive and interdependent. They can be found everywhere, e.g., in sensors, wearables, smartphones and tablets, medical devices, vehicles, and critical infrastructures. Current Industrial trends and initiatives aim to “connect the unconnected”: from the Internet of Things to the Industrial Internet, where embedded systems play the central role. However, since embedded systems are deployed in many critical settings, their security, privacy and safety aspects are of utmost concern. This talk will also highlight recent advances in trustworthy computing on embedded systems.


Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi is a full professor of Computer Science at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. He is the head of System Security Lab at Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED) and director of Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Secure Computing in Darmstadt. He received his PhD in Computer Science with the focus on privacy protecting cryptographic systems from the University of Saarland in Saarbrücken, Germany. Prior to academia, he worked in Research and Development of telecommunications enterprises, amongst others Ericson Telecommunications. He has been leading many national and international research and development projects on the design and implementation of trustworthy computing platforms. He continuously contributes to research in the field of information security and privacy and provides academic services to different research communities. He has been serving on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on Information and System Security (TISSEC), ACM Books, and as guest editor of IEEE Transactions on CAD (Special Issue on Hardware Security and Trust). Prof. Sadeghi has been awarded with the renowned German prize “Karl Heinz Beckurts” for his research on Trusted and Trustworthy Computing technology and its transfer to industrial practice. The award honors excellent scientific achievements with high impact on industrial innovations in Germany.


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