Khurram Bhatti

Title Protection Against Complete Security Meltdown in Contemporary Hardware. –What Options Do We Have?

Access-driven cache-based side-channel attacks, a sub-category of SCAs, are strong cryptanalysis techniques that break cryptographic algorithms by targeting their implementations. Despite valiant efforts, mitigation techniques against such attacks are not very effective. This is mainly because most mitigation techniques usually protect against any given specific vulnerability and do not take a system-wide approach. Moreover, these solutions either completely remove or greatly reduce the prevailing performance benefits in computing systems that are hard earned over many decades. In this talk, we argue in favor of enhancing security and privacy in modern computing architectures while retaining the performance benefits. We will discuss both hardware and software solutions for detection and subsequent mitigation of cache-based information leakage.


Dr. Khurram Bhatti is a Marie-Curie Research Fellow, working as an Assistant Professor at the Information Technology University, Lahore. His current research interests include embedded systems, information security at both hardware & software levels, Cryptanalysis, Mixed Criticality Systems and Parallel Computing Systems. Over the last 6 years, Khurram has taught at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France, and CIIT Lahore, Pakistan. He has been working with prestigious European research institutes like INRIA, Lab-STICC, KTH, École Polytechnique de Paris, and LEAT research laboratory. He holds a PhD in Computer Engineering and MS in Embedded Systems from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France. Khurram Bhatti is also the Director of Embedded Computing Laboratory at ITU, Lahore.