Michael Schwarz Wins the EuroSys Roger Needham PhD Award

Michael Schwarz has been selected as the Winner of this year’s EuroSys Roger Needham PhD award. It is awarded annually to a PhD student “from a European university whose thesis is regarded to be an exceptional, innovative contribution to knowledge in the computer systems area”.

Serious security hole in INTEL processors uncovered – Load Value Injection

Security researchers at IAIK, Moritz Lipp, Daniel Gruss and Michael Schwarz, together with an international team have once again uncovered a serious security hole in computer processors. With the new security hole published under the name “Load Value Injection”, there is another method to read out sensitive data. You an find the whole article HERE.

Looking for a Master Thesis?

IAIK might have just the right topics in your field of interest. Find out more & use the opportunity to personally speak to assistants of our institute.
Come over to the Bac::Mas Thesis Fair !
>> 5th March, at 10am-1pm, Inffeldgasse 25d (foyer).

New theses topics will be online by 22nd February – check them out here!

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Barbara Gigerl Receives Award for Outstanding Master’s Thesis

The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) annually honours the best 50 (out of 16.000!) Austrian Master’s theses with a “Würdigungspreis/Staatspreis”. This year, IAIK doctoral student Barbara Gigerl received the award for her thesis “Automated Analysis of Speculation Windows in Spectre Attacks”. The main focus of the thesis is the analysis and extension of speculation windows in Spectre attacks, executed by CPUs of four different vendors.
You can find more information on the prize here.

Awardees & new bachelor theses topics

On 29th December, 14 students were awarded prizes and certificates for their contributions to scientific publications in 2019. Congratulations!
Upon chatting about the current hot topics in security, students were able to learn more about open bachelor theses and research areas at IAIK and got in touch with potential supervisors.
We are looking forward to your theses and to a successful Bachelor@IAIK in the year ahead!
Have a look at available topics here!

Have a look at the presentation of our research areas / overview of writing a thesis at IAIK!

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Peter Pessl receives BMBWF Award of Excellence 2019

The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) annually honours outstanding Austrian dissertations with the Award of Excellence. This year, IAIK Postdoc Peter Pessl, who finished his doctoral studies “sub auspiciis”, received this prestigous award for his thesis ‘Side-Channel Attacks on Lattice-Based Cryptography and Multi-Processor Systems’. In his work, he expands side-channel attacks, which exploit that physical properties of an electronic device depend on processed secrets, to new fields. Concretely, he proposed new attacks on lattice-based cryptography – a new type of cryptographic algorithms secure against attacks by future quantum computers. Congratulations!

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Master student Christian Gaisl receives WKO grant

IAIK master student Christian Gaisl receives the WKO Forschungsstipendium 2019/20! The presentation of awards will take place on 4th of December 2019.

The WKO Steiermark annually awards 20 students, who are honoured with a grant of €2.100 for the development of economically oriented master theses.


Further details on the grant see here.

Stipends for Information Security Master’s

Best Paper Award

Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Testing Software and Systems (ICTSS) for our paper on “Learning a Behavior Model of Hybrid Systems Through Combining Model-Based Testing and Machine Learning”.

Read the paper right here.

Third place for Martin Schwarzl and Kurt Nistelberger at the ECSC 2019

Our PhD student Martin Schwarzl and our master student Kurt Nistelberger won the third place at the European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) in Bucarest, where 20 teams participated.

The participants had to solve hacking tasks in the categories Web and App security, cryptography, reverse engineering, forensics and hardware tasks.

After two long days of solving the tasks, the Austrian team could successfully defend their position against strong teams from Germany, France and UK.

Next year the challenge will be held in Vienna, with more than 250 participants.