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Studierende in den Seminarräumen des O-Gebäudes, Foto: Universität Paderborn, Fotografin: Judith Kraft Bildinformationen anzeigen

Studierende in den Seminarräumen des O-Gebäudes, Foto: Universität Paderborn, Fotografin: Judith Kraft

Seminar System Security

The central topic of this seminar are security papers presented at top conferences.

The seminar is expected to take place as a block seminar at the end of the lecture period.


  1. Does Certificate Transparency Break the Web? Measuring Adoption and Error Rate

  2. Blind Certificate Authorities

  3. Time Does Not Heal All Wounds: A Longitudinal Analysis of Security-Mechanism Support in Mobile Browsers

  4. Latex Gloves: Protecting Browser Extensions from Probing and Revelation Attacks

  5. Post-Quantum Authentication in TLS 1.3: A Performance Study

  6. ParmeSan: Sanitizer-guided Greybox Fuzzing

  7. HotFuzz: Discovering Algorithmic Denial-of-Service Vulnerabilities Through Guided Micro-Fuzzing

  8. Automatic Uncovering of Hidden Behaviors From Input Validation in Mobile Apps

  9. FuzzGen: Automatic Fuzzer Generation

  10. Detecting Fake Accounts in Online Social Networks at the Time of Registrations

  11. Cross-Origin State Inference (COSI) Attacks: Leaking Web Site States through XS-Leaks

  12. The Cookie Hunter: Automated Black-box Auditing for Web Authentication and Authorization Flaws

  13. CDN Judo: Breaking the CDN DoS Protection with Itself

  14. FreeDom: Engineering a State-of-the-Art DOM Fuzzer

  15. DNS Cache Poisoning Attack Reloaded: Revolutions with Side Channels

  16. Et Tu Alexa? When Commodity WiFi Devices Turn into Adversarial Motion Sensors

  17. Encrypted DNS--> Privacy? A traffic analysis perspective

  18. Let's Revoke: Scalable Global Certificate Revocation

  19. How not to prove your election outcome

  20. Not All Coverage Measurements Are Equal: Fuzzing by Coverage Accounting for Input Prioritization

  21. EcoFuzz: Adaptive Energy-Saving Greybox Fuzzing as a Variant of the Adversarial Multi-Armed Bandit

  22. Zombie Awakening: Stealthy Hijacking of Active Domains through DNS Hosting Referral

Further topics might be added in the future, though we do not promise this. (last Update: 2022-03-01 10:10)
You can also suggest your own topic by writing a mail to Juraj (juraj.somorovsky(at)upb(dot)de). DO NOT put a suggested topic on your list without prior approval.

Dates & Deadlines

  • First week: distribution of topics.
  • 20.5.: Submission deadline for preliminary seminar thesis version (at least 5 pages of text; excluding title page, table of contents, references, figures, ...) describing the main paper problem AND briefly describe 2 related papers citing your paper.
  • 24.6.: Submission deadline for the prefinal seminar thesis.
  • 8.7.: Submission deadline for the reviews.
  • 13.7.: Submission deadline for your presentation slides (you can still change your slides a bit before the talk).
  • 14.7. and 15.7.: Block Seminar, Presentation of your work.
  • 22.7.: Submission deadline for the final version of the seminar thesis.

The seminar will be organized over Panda. Deadlines are till the end of the day (23:59 local time/as according to Panda).


We will have five meetings in FU.511, with different topics which will (hopefully) be helpful for you to pass the seminar:

  • 8.4. 9:15 Introduction
  • 22.4. 9:15 Research Skills
  • 29.49:15 Writing Skills
  • 24.6. 9:15 Review Skills
  • 1.7. 9:15 Presentation Skills

Registration of Topics

Over Jupyter. We might ask for further preferences if too many Students requested the same topics.

Grading and Demands

The final grade cosists of your presentation (30%), your paper (60%), and your reviews (10%). Additionally, you must meet all deadlines.


20 minutes presentation. 5 minutes discussion and questions.

The best presentation will be awarded! More information will be given in the first meeting.

Seminar thesis

Essay of length 12 to 20 pages written according to the standards of a scientific paper.


We will follow a peer review procedure similar to scientific publications:

  • You submit your thesis (paper) at Panda
  • Some (2) peers (other students) review your submission:
    • Read and understand the submitted paper
    • Criticize your paper
    • Make recommendations on how to improve
    • Be honest, polite, and helpful when writing your reviews
  • The reviews you write will influence your final grade
  • The reviews you receive will not influence your final grade (but you should address/apply them in your final version)
  • Each student has to write 2 reviews (each 1-2 pages)

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