Cristiano Giuffrida

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Assistant Professor

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

Research

I am a tenured Assistant Professor in Systems Security and Reliability at VU Amsterdam. I co-lead the VUSec group with Herbert Bos and Kaveh Razavi.

I received my MEng  from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” in 2007 and 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.

Selected Publications

See here for the full list of publications.

Teaching

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

Service

Program Chair

  • DIMVA
  • EuroSec

PC Member

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

Reviewer

  • CSUR
  • TMC
  • TIFS
  • TDSC
  • TOPS

Profiles

News

May, 2019

  • Our S&P paper “RIDL: Rogue In-flight Data Load” hit the news [Link].

May, 2019

  • Our S&P paper “Exploiting Correcting Codes: On the Effectiveness of ECC Memory Against Rowhammer Attacks” won the Best Practical Paper Award [Link].

September, 2018

  • Our RAID paper “Defeating Software Mitigations against Rowhammer: A Surgical Precision Hammer” won the Best Paper Award [Link].

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.

Systems and Network Security Group at VU Amsterdam