PhD Defense by Kangjie Lu

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    • Wednesday July 19, 2017
      10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: KACB 3100
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Summary Sentence: Securing Modern Systems by Preventing Information Leaks

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Title: Securing Modern Systems by Preventing Information Leaks     Kangjie Lu Ph.D. Candidate School of Computer Science College of Computing Georgia Institute of Technology     Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Time: 10AM-12PM EDT Location: KACB 3100     Committee: ---------------   Dr. Wenke Lee (Advisor), School of Computer Science, Georgia Tech Dr. Taesoo Kim (Co-advisor), School of Computer Science, Georgia Tech Dr. Mustaque Ahamad,  School of Computer Science, Georgia Tech Dr. William R. Harris, School of Computer Science, Georgia Tech Dr. Debin Gao, Singapore Management University Dr. Michael Backes, Saarland University and MPI-SWS     Abstract: ---------------   Foundational software systems such as operating systems and web servers are always implemented in unsafe programming languages for efficiency, and system designers often prioritize performance over security. Hence, these systems inherently suffer from a variety of vulnerabilities and insecure designs that have been exploited by adversaries to launch critical system attacks. Two typical goals of these attacks are to leak sensitive data and to control victim systems.   This thesis work aims to defeat both data leaks and control attacks. We first identify that, in modern systems, preventing information leaks can be a general defense that not only stops data leaks but also defeats control attacks. We then investigate three ways to prevent information leaks: eliminating information-leak vulnerabilities in code, re-designing system mechanisms against information leaks, and protecting certain sensitive data from information leaks. We develop multiple tools for each way. While automatically and reliably securing complex systems, all these tool impose negligible performance overhead. We conclude that preventing information leaks can be a general and practical approach to securing complex modern systems.        

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  • Created On: Jul 17, 2017 - 2:16pm
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