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Mario Werner
Ph.D. Candidate & Teaching Assistant at Graz University of Technology


Mario Werner is, since 2014 after receiving his MSc degree in computer engineering, performing research at the Institute for Applied Information Processing and Communications (IAIK) at Graz University of Technology. As part of the secure systems research group headed by Prof. Stefan Mangard, Mario works on the development of processor extensions and modifications (incl. LLVM compiler support) that enable the construction of general-purpose processor architectures with strong security capabilities. Here, Mario particularly focuses on the development of countermeasures and techniques against powerful physical attacks that are widely applicable to embedded systems.  An example for such a technique is the memory encryption and authentication framework MEMSEC that prevents physical tampering and can even withstand side-channel analysis. Another prominent example, which received the best paper award at EuroS&P 2018, is a sponge-based CFI scheme that protects against software attacks (e.g., code-reuse) as well as physical fault injection.

Agenda Sessions

  • Protecting RISC-V Processors against Physical Attacks


Speakers at this event