Microarchitectural Attacks and Defenses Jan Reineke

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04.04.2021

Grading completed

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We have finished the grading and posted the scores in the CMS (and also in the LSF if applicable). The "points" should be interpreted as grades following the standard German grading scale.

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Jan
 

09.02.2021

Guidelines for the Seminar Report

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We have posted guidelines for the seminar report in the materials sections (--> Seminar Organization).

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Jan
 

02.02.2021

Und wöchentlich grüßt das Murmeltier

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Today, we will use the following Zoom link:

https://cs-uni-saarland-de.zoom.us/j/99335045391?pwd=UmZSclBzNU1ybmxkRmtWOUc2MlZwZz09

See you all in a bit,

Jan

26.01.2021

New Zoom Link

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Today, we will use the following Zoom link:

https://cs-uni-saarland-de.zoom.us/j/96362924934?pwd=SXM0T1gxeERZRlFqYkZRb1pYTTBsZz09

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Jan

 

19.01.2021

New Zoom Link

Hi all,

Today, we will use the following Zoom link:
https://cs-uni-saarland-de.zoom.us/j/92665496045?pwd=eCtvdTZDcExON1dYQ0krNWlBTFRQdz09

See you all in a bit,

Jan

12.01.2021

Zoom-Link

Hi all,

We will use the following Zoom link for our session today:

https://cs-uni-saarland-de.zoom.us/j/92677862526?pwd=djJVMVJoL3FmMG5pdXVwS3Z1VGM1dz09

See you all in a bit,

Jan

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Microarchitectural Attacks and Defenses

 

Description

Spectre, Meltdown, and other microarchitectural attacks have been in the limelight in recent years. These attacks exploit subtle timing and behavioral differences of processors that are caused by microarchitectural optimizations such as caches and speculative execution to gain access to secret information.  

In this seminar, we are going to study

  • prominent microarchitectural attacks,
  • hardware-based countermeasures,
  • software-based countermeasures, and
  • formal methods to characterize vulnerabilities and to rigorously analyze hardware- and software-based countermeasures,

with a focus on speculative-execution attacks.

Due to COVID-19, the seminar will be conducted virtually, with a possibility to move to a hybrid setting during the semester. If that is the case, it will still be possible to attend the seminar virtually.

Each participant will give a presentation of an assigned paper, followed by a group discussion. All students are expected to read each paper carefully and to actively participate in the discussions. Each student will write a summary of the paper they have presented, including a general overview of the topic and reflecting the group discussion.

This is a combined proseminar and seminar with a total of 12 seats.

Requirements

Basic knowledge of computer architecture (e.g. due to Systemarchitektur) is required.
Knowledge of security and formal methods is a plus.

Format

  • Each student is assigned one of the three groups of papers:
    • each student is designated as the presenter of one of the papers from his/her group (the presentation should be about 25 minutes long)
    • each student needs to read all papers from his/her group and submit a one-page summary + 3 questions about each paper (excluding the paper he/she is presenting)
  • The presenter of paper needs to deliver a talk draft to his/her advisor at least 24 days (hard deadline) prior to his/her scheduled talk. In the week before the talk, the presenter should also deliver a practice talk to his/her advisor.
  • Summaries+questions have to be delivered 24 hours prior to the respective session.
  • For the seminar students (and thus not the proseminar students), a seminar report (should summarize the paper and discuss it in the context of the other work studied in the seminar) is required in addition, to be delivered at the end of the term, 24.3.2021).

Grading Scheme

  Seminar Proseminar
Presentation Rough presentation draft 35% 7% 50% 10%
Full set of slides 7% 10%
Actual presentation of paper 21% 30%
Summaries of other papers + questions 20% 30%
Participation during sessions 15% 20%
Seminar Report (Seminar students only) 30%  

 

Calendar

Four sessions of 2h30 each are planned:

  • 1st session: Tuesday, 12.01.2021, 16:00-18:30
  • 2nd session: Tuesday, 19.01.2021, 16:00-18:30
  • 3rd session: Tuesday, 26.01.2021, 16:00-18:30
  • 4th session: Tuesday, 3.02.2021, 16:00-18:30
  • Seminar report delivery (only for Seminar students): 24.03.2021


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