Maria Eichlseder

Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. BSc BSc

Cryptology & Privacy, Assistant Professor

Maria Eichlseder is assistant professor of Cryptography at Graz University of Technology. Her research interests include the design and cryptanalysis of symmetric cryptographic algorithms, such as hash functions and authenticated encryption algorithms and their underlying primitives. She co-designed Ascon, a lightweight authenticated cipher that is among the winners of the CAESAR competition. She defended her Ph.D. sub auspiciis praesidentis in 2018, for which she received an award of excellence from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and a sponsorship prize of the Technology and Society Forum. Prior, she studied Computer Science and Technical Mathematics at Graz University of Technology.
Office room: IF01104
Maria Eichlseder

Research

My research interests include the design and cryptanalysis of symmetric cryptographic algorithms, such as hash functions and authenticated encryption algorithms and their underlying primitives: permutations, (tweakable) block ciphers, etc. In my research, I am particularly interested in their “practical security”, which includes robustness against misuse and implementation attacks in addition to cryptanalytic security. I enjoy exploring mathematical aspects of cryptanalysis, useful tools and heuristics, and connections between cryptanalytic and physical attacks.
Online resources on selected research topics (see links for collaboration partners):

Teaching

I teach cryptography as part of several undergraduate and graduate courses (see TUGRAZonline):

Looking for a bachelor's thesis, master's thesis, or project in symmetric cypto, cryptanalysis, and practical security? Let me know, I’m always happy to discuss open topics!

Previously offered courses:

  • Applied Cryptography (lecture and practicals: 2014/15–2019/20, see "Cryptography")
  • Applied Cryptography 2 (lecture/seminar and practicals: 2014/15–2019/20, see "Cryptanalysis")
  • Computermathematik (lecture with integrated practicals: 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16)
  • Diskrete Stochastik und Informationstheorie (practicals: 2013/14)
  • Erstellung wissenschaftlicher Arbeiten mit LaTeX (Interne Weiterbildung: 2014/15–2017/18)

Service

Reviews

LaTeX Templates

  • TikZ:
    Cryptographic circuits (git)

  • TU Graz Corporate Design (restricted access):
    Thesis titlepage and affidavit (TU4U, git)
    Presentations (TU4U, git)
    Documents and reports (TU4U, git)

  • IAIK Templates (restricted access):
    Master's theses (git)
    Bachelor's theses (git)
    Open projects (git)
    Crypto lectures (git)

Publications

Computing Expected Differential Probability of (Truncated) Differentials and Expected Linear Potential of (Multidimensional) Linear Hulls in SPN Block Ciphers

Eichlseder M., Leander G., Rasoolzadeh S.
Progress in Cryptology – INDOCRYPT 2020 - 21st International Conference on Cryptology in India 2020, Proceedings, 21st International Conference on Cryptology in India, 345-369, (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 12578 LNCS)

ISAP v2.0

Dobraunig C., Eichlseder M., Mangard S., Mendel F., Mennink B., Primas R., Unterluggauer T.
IACR Transactions on Symmetric Cryptology, Vol. 2020(Special Issue 1), 390-416

Algebraic Cryptanalysis of Variants of Frit

Dobraunig C., Eichlseder M., Mendel F., Schofnegger M.
Selected Areas in Cryptography – SAC 2019 - 26th International Conference, Revised Selected Papers, Selected Areas in Cryptography - SAC 2019, 149-170, (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 11959 LNCS)

An Algebraic Attack on Ciphers with Low-Degree Round Functions: Application to Full MiMC

Eichlseder M., Grassi L., Lüftenegger R., Øygarden M., Rechberger C., Schofnegger M., Wang Q.
Advances in Cryptology – ASIACRYPT 2020 - 26th International Conference on the Theory and Application of Cryptology and Information Security, 2020, Proceedings, 26th International Conference on the Theory and Application of Cryptology and Information Security, Daejeon, South Korea, December 7–11, 2020, Proceedings, Part , ASIACRYPT 2020 , 477-506, (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 12491 LNCS)

Out of Oddity - New Cryptanalytic Techniques against Symmetric Primitives Optimized for Integrity Proof Systems

Beyne T., Canteaut A., Dinur I., Eichlseder M., Leander G., Leurent G., Naya-Plasencia M., Sasaki Y., Todo Y., Wiemer F.
Advances in Cryptology - CRYPTO 2020 - 40th Annual International Cryptology Conference, Proceedings, 299-328, (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 12172)

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