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  • PhD Thesis Defense - Jingbo Wang

    Thu, Aug 24, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    PhD Thesis Defense - Jingbo Wang

    Committee Members: Prof. Chao Wang (chair), Prof. Nenad Medvidovic, Prof. Jyotirmoy Deshmukh, Prof. Mukund Raghothaman, and Prof. Pierluigi Nuzzo

    Title: Side channel Security Enabled by Program Analysis and Synthesis

    Abstract: The objective of my dissertation research is to develop rigorous methods and analysis tools for improving the security of software systems. I focus on a class of emerging security threats called side channel attacks. During a side channel attack, the adversary relies on exploiting statistical dependencies between the secret data e.g. passwords or encryption keys and seemingly unrelated non functional properties e.g. power consumption or execution time of the computer. In particular, power side channel leaks are caused by statistical dependencies instead of syntactic or semantic dependencies between sources and sinks. Thus, existing techniques that focus primarily on information flow security e.g. taint analysis would not work. To detect and then automatically remove these statistical dependencies in software code, I have developed a set of type inference rules to capture and quantify the leaks, and then a set of transformation based methods to mitigate the leaks. To adapt these type inference rules to constantly evolving program characteristics, I have also proposed a data driven method for learning provably sound side channel analysis rules from annotated programs. To ensure the correctness of the mitigation, I have developed new methods to help prove the equivalence of the original and mitigated programs. All of these methods aim to identify and then eliminate the side channel related statistical dependencies, which in turn leads to more secure software for critical applications.

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 213

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Melissa Ochoa

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  • Viterbi Mandarin Students Welcome Fall 2023

    Thu, Aug 24, 2023 @ 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

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    Announcing the USC Mandarin Discussion Forum for Viterbi Students!

    Join us for an engaging session where Mandarin-speaking students come together to mingle together. Hosted by the VASE office, USC CSSA, and USC CGSA, this exclusive event provides a platform for networking, support, and insightful discussions. Enhance your academic journey and reserve your spot now!

    Seize this golden opportunity to make your first semester a truly memorable one! We can't wait to welcome you to the USC Mandarin Discussion Forum. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with your Mandarin-speaking peers and make your first semester unforgettable!

    Location: Sign into EngageSC to View Location

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Experience USC Viterbi

    Event Link: https://engage.usc.edu/viterbi/rsvp?id=389590

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  • DEN@Viterbi: How to Apply Virtual Info Session

    Thu, Aug 24, 2023 @ 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    DEN@Viterbi, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Join USC Viterbi representatives for a step-by-step guide and tips for how to apply for formal admission into a Master's degree or Graduate Certificate program. The session is intended for individuals who wish to pursue a graduate degree program completely online via USC Viterbi's flexible online DEN@Viterbi delivery method.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with USC Viterbi representatives and ask questions about the admission process throughout the session.

    Register Now!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/weblink/register/r43071aaaa4efe0760b5558e0f148c1b1

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

    Event Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/weblink/register/r43071aaaa4efe0760b5558e0f148c1b1

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