Kaveh Razavi

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1081A
1081 HV, Amsterdam
The Netherlands

I am currently away visiting Onur Mutlu‘s group at ETH‌ Zurich. I‌ will resume in VU‌Sec as a tenure track assistant professor after summer.

About me

I am a postdoc in the Systems and Networking Security group at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, working closely with Cristiano Giuffrida and Herbert Bos. I am currently looking at practical side-channel attacks against interfaces exposed by commodity hardware and software. I am also interested in practical exploitation and mitigation of wide-spread hardware vulnerabilities such as Rowhammer. I teach the group’s Secure Software and co-teach Kernel Programming.

I received a PhD (2012-2015) from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam for my work on fast and scalable startup of virtual machines under the supervision of Thilo Kielmann and Henri Bal. My PhD thesis was nominated for the Roger Needham award at EuroSys in 2016.  I attained two prestigious internship positions with Microsoft Research Cambridge during my PhD. Working with Paolo Costa, Sergey Legtchenko and Ant Rowstron, I prototyped new networking and storage architectures at the scale of a rack. In 2011, I received an MSc from ETH Zurich working mostly on the Barrelfish OS under the supervision of Timothy Roscoe. I also hold a BSc degree from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran.

Selected Publications

Academic Service

  • PC: ESSoS’18, ICDCS’18 (security and shot papers tracks), EuroS&P’18, Middlware’17 (poster track), CCS’17, ES WEEK’17, ESSoS’17, EuroSys’16 (shadow)
  • Organization: Middleware’18 (publication chair), HPDC’15 (web chair)
  • External PC: HiPC’14, EuroPar ’14, HPDC’13, HiPC’13, CGC’13, HPDC’12
  • Reviewer:  IEEE TPDS, JPDC, Cluster Computing


  • Secure Software, MSc, 2016, 2017.
  • Kernel Programming, MSc, 2016, 2017.
  • Large-scale Computing Infrastructures, MSc, 2014, 2015.
  • Cluster and Grid Computing, MSc, 2013.


November 2017

Drammer (CCS’16) won CSAW‌ applied research best paper award!

July 2017

AnC  (NDSS’17) won the most innovative research pwnie!
Drammer (CCS’16) won the best privilege escalation pwnie!

March 2017

Drammer (CCS’16)‌ won the Dutch Cyber Security Research Award!

February 2017

Our AnC attack on the MMU was picked up by the media. AnC significantly compromises ASLR in the browser on 22 microarchitectures. We should start deploying stronger defenses in the browser.

October 2016

Much media attention for our Rowhammer-related research with Dedup Est Machina, Flip Feng Shui and Drammer.

August 2016

Dedup Est Machina published in S&P’16 won the most innovative research pwnie!

May 2016

My PhD thesis was nominated by the department for the Roger Needham award at EuroSys!

June 2015

Research internship at Microsoft Research Cambridge with Sergey Legtchenko and Ant Rowstron to build next-generation storage racks.

June 2014

Research internship at Microsoft Research Cambridge with Paolo Costa to build a brand new networking stack for rack-scale computers.

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