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Talk and presentation by Koen de Bosschere, University of Ghent. Title: Compiler Techniques for Software Protection

  • Colloquium Series
When Dec 11, 2012
from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where G.07
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Today’s software is controlling an ever growing part of our life. When we travel, work, and even relax we almost 100% depend on software systems to communicate, control, entertain etc. Even privacy-sensitive applications like banking and safety-critical devices like pace makers are trusted to software systems. Developers and users are often unaware of the risks that come with this evolution. It is widely know that car locks, electronic keys in hotel rooms, some banking applications are broken and hence insecure. The more popular a particular device or application is, the more interesting it becomes for hackers to attack it because the impact of an attack grows. As a consequence the amount of malware for e.g. Android devices is more than doubling every 6 months.

We believe software protection is a non-functional requirement which should be taken care of by tools, not by humans. In this presentation, we will present the compiler techniques for software protection that were developed at Ghent University, such as software obfuscation, software diversity, and protection against side-channels.



Koen De Bosschere is professor at the Engineering Faculty of Ghent University where he carries out research at the hardware-software interface. Over the last few years, his research has gradually shifted to software protection. He is the head of the computer systems lab. He is author of 120 publications over the last 10 years. He is the coordinator of the HiPEAC network of excellence, he is responsible for the ACACES summer school, and he has been instrumental in the development of the HiPEAC research vision. At Ghent University he coordinates the student-entrepreneurship project of the university.

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