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Reliable Security for Concurrent Programs: Pitfalls, Solutions, and Challenges

Today's IT-systems store and process an abundance of data.  Some of this data represents private or secret information, and a crucial question is how to ensure that no such information is leaked.

We focus on techniques that establish confidentiality guarantees by controlling the flow of information within IT-systems.  Research on information-flow security has resulted in an impressive portfolio of program analysis techniques and tools.  For sequential programs, these approaches are becoming rather mature, and a good understanding of the resulting, declarative security guarantees has been achieved.  For concurrent programs, information-flow security is more challenging.

The first part of the talk provides an introduction to theory and practice of information-flow control.  The second part clarifies why it is so hard to achieve information-flow security for concurrent programs, and discusses recent results from our on-going research effort to tackle these challenges.


Heiko Mantel is a full professor for Computer Science at TU Darmstadt. He worked as a researcher at DFKI in Saarbrucken and received his Ph.D. from Saarland University in 2003. Before joining TU Darmstadt, he was a post-doctoral researcher at ETH Zurich (2003-2005) and an assistant professor at RWTH Aachen (2005-2007).  Heiko Mantel spent extended research stays at Chalmers University, Cornell University, and Harvard University.  He is a principal investigator of CASED, CROSSING, and EC-SPRIDE.  Since 2010 he leads the national research initiative Reliably Secure Software Systems funded by the DFG.

Date & time

4pm 29 Mar 2017


Room:Allan Barton Forum 248, CBE Building 26C


Heiko Mantel, Computer Science, TU Darmstadt

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