Cristiano Giuffrida

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Assistant Professor

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Mailing address Cristiano Giuffrida
Faculty of Science
Dept of Computer Science
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1081A
1081 HV, Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Research

I am an assistant professor in Systems Security and Reliability at VU Amsterdam. I am a founding member of VUSec, working in close collaboration with Prof. Herbert Bos.

I received my PhD from VU Amsterdam in 2014, under the supervision of Prof. Andrew S. Tanenbaum. I was awarded the Roger Needham Award at EuroSys for the best PhD thesis in Computer Systems in Europe and the Dennis M. Ritchie Award at SOSP for the best PhD thesis in Computer Systems worldwide in 2015.

My research interests span across several aspects of systems, with a strong focus on systems security and reliability.
I am currently active in a number of systems areas, ranging from live update, automatic error recovery, and software testing to memory error containment, side channels, and hardware vulnerabilities.

Publications

Selected Publications

See VUSec publication page.

Conference Papers

Workshop Papers

Journal Papers

Magazine Papers

Reports

Binary Armoring

Binary and Malware Analysis

Hardware Vulnerabilities

Information Hiding and Randomization

Mobile Security

Side Channels

Software Reliability

Software Testing and Sanitizers

Software Updating

Profiles

Service

Program Chair

  • DIMVA
  • EuroSec

PC Member

  • SOSP
  • OSDI
  • EuroSys
  • S&P
  • USENIX Security
  • CCS
  • DIMVA

Reviewer

  • CSUR
  • TMC
  • TIFS
  • TDSC
  • TOPS

Teaching

  • Binary and Malware Analysis, MSc.
  • Kernel Programming, MSc.
  • Operating Systems, BSc.
  • Compiler Construction, BSc.

News

May, 2018

  • Our S&P paper “Grand Pwning Unit: Accelerating Microarchitectural Attacks with the GPU” hit the news [Link].

March, 2018

  • Our NDSS paper “ASLR on the Line: Practical Cache Attacks on the MMU” won the Dutch Cyber Security Research Award [Link].

November, 2017

  • Our CCS paper “Drammer: Deterministic Rowhammer Attacks on Mobile Platforms” won the CSAW Applied Research Best Paper Award [Link].

August, 2017

  • Our NDSS paper “ASLR on the Line: Practical Cache Attacks on the MMU” and our CCS paper “Drammer: Deterministic Rowhammer Attacks on Mobile Platforms” won 2 Pwnie Awards at Black Hat USA (Most Innovative Research, Best Privilege Escalation Bug) [Links: 1 | 2].

July, 2017

  • I have been awarded a VENI grant (the Dutch equivalent of a NSF CAREER award in the US, PhD+3) for my PantaRhei project proposal [Link].

April, 2017

  • Our CCS paper “Drammer: Deterministic Rowhammer Attacks on Mobile Platforms” won the Dutch Cyber Security Research Award [Link].

February, 2017

  • Our NDSS paper “ASLR on the Line: Practical Cache Attacks on the MMU” hit the news [Link].

October, 2016

  • Our S&P paper “Dedup Est Machina: Memory Deduplication as an Advanced Exploitation Vector”, our USENIX Security paper “Flip Feng Shui: Hammering a Needle in the Software Stack”, and our CCS paper “Drammer: Deterministic Rowhammer Attacks on Mobile Platforms” hit the news [Links: 1 | 2 | 3].

August, 2016

  • Our S&P paper “Dedup Est Machina: Memory Deduplication as an Advanced Exploitation Vector” won the Pwnie Award for Most Innovative Research at Black Hat USA [Links: 1 | 2 | 3]. August 3, 2016, Las Vegas, NV, USA.

June, 2016

  • Our paper “OSIRIS: Efficient and Consistent Recovery of Compartmentalized Operating Systems” was selected for the Best paper session at DSN. June 28-July 1, 2016, Toulouse, France.

October, 2015

  • During SOSP, I was awarded the Dennis M. Ritchie Award for the best PhD thesis in Computer Systems worldwide
    [Links: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7]. October 5, 2015, Monterey, CA, USA.

April, 2015

  • During EuroSys, I was awarded the Roger Needham Award for the best PhD thesis in Computer Systems in Europe
    [Links: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6]. April 22, 2015, Bordeaux, FR.

June, 2014

  • Invited talk at USENIX ATC 2014: “Back to the Future: Fault-tolerant Live Update with Time-traveling State Transfer” [Talk]. June 19-20, 2014, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

January, 2014

  • Our paper “Evaluating Distortion in Fault Injection Experiments” awarded Best paper at HASE. January 9-11, 2014, Miami, FL, USA.

November, 2013

  • Our paper “Back to the Future: Fault-tolerant Live Update with Time-traveling State Transfer” awarded Best student paper at LISA. November 3, 2013, Washington, D.C., USA.

June, 2012

  • Summer intership in the Linux kernel memory team at Google, Mountain View, CA, USA.

Education

PhD

MEng

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