PLATYPUS: New vulnerabilities discovered in Intel processors

Together with their international colleagues Michael Schwarz (CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security) and David Oswald (University of Birmingham), computer scientists Moritz Lipp, Andreas Kogler, Catherine Easdon, Claudio Canella and Daniel Gruss from Graz University of Technology present PLATYPUS attacks: a method that allows power side-channel attacks even without physical access.

You can find the whole article HERE

Peter Grassberger awarded funding by Digitale TU Graz

IAIK student Peter Grassberger has been awarded a funding of 6.000€ for a project extending his Master’s Thesis. The funding is provided by Digitale TU Graz and Vice Rector for Digitalisation and Change Management Claudia von der Linden.
In his project, Mr. Grassberger develops a system which enables students to receive their graduation diploma (e.g. Bachelor’s Degree) or course transcript in digital form. The student can then share their diplomas electronically with universities or future employers.

IAIK, and especially the advisers Andreas Abraham and Stefan More, congratulate on this achievement!

You can find more information about the project here.

5 Finalists from TU Graz @ Austrian Cyber Security Challenge 2020

After four intense months of qualification, the best participants competed in the finals of the annual Austrian Cyber Security Challenge on 21st October. The competition took place among school pupils, students, and general “hackers” in Austria.
The 16 challenges comprised several categories: Reverse Engineering, Exploitation, Machine Learning, Web Security, Programming, Cryptography, Forensics,  Networking, and Mathematics & Probabilities.
Five students of the TU Graz were among the best-ranked participants!

Interested in challenges like this? Get in touch with LosFuzzys (our student team for CTF challenges at TU Graz).

IAIK congratulates the finalists for their great efforts!

Our Redesigned Major in Information Security

We are proud to present our completely redesigned Major in Information Security that is offered as part of the renewed Master’s Programs in Computer Science (CS), Information and Computer Engineering (ICE) and Software Engineering and Management (SEM). Students can choose from four exciting modules, which cover System Security, Cryptology & Privacy, Formal Methods for Security, and Secure Applications. For more information on the new module system, the offered courses and transition modalities visit our Guide to Master-Level Courses in Information Security.

Open Tenure Track Position

You want to pursue an academic career in information security? IAIK is expanding and we are looking forward to your application. We offer a vibrant research environment with many options for funding and collaborations. Here you can find the full job description and details on the application process for the following open position:

Tenure Track Professor of Security & Privacy

Application Deadline is 26 November 2020!

Martin Schwarzl receives award for outstanding Master thesis

IAIK student Martin Schwarzl has received an award for this year’s best master thesis by the “Forum Technik und Gesellschaft” of the TU Graz. His work focuses on the IT-security leak NetSpectre. Find out more about it here.
Congratulations; keep up the good work!

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.