Official inauguration of Fraunhofer IEM

Today we were very happy to host NRW’s minister of science Svenja Schulze and Fraunhofer’s Director of Science Dr. Raoul Klingner for the official inauguration of Fraunhofer IEM. The new institute is the first to be founded within NRW within the past 20 years, and was bootstrapped in just about seven years – a new record in the Fraunhofer Society.

IEEE S&P Paper on Hardening the Java Runtime is now available

Our new S&P paper Hardening Java’s Access Control by Abolishing Implicit Privilege Elevation is now available online. It is a follow-up work to our previous CCS’16 paper An In-Depth Study of More Than Ten Years of Java Exploitation. In this former paper we classified a large number of history Java exploits. In doing so, we found that the largest class of exploits was made possible by shortcuts in Java’s implementation of access control. In the S&P paper we now show that it is possible to go without those shortcuts, without any loss of performance. We also discuss the usability implications that this removal of shortcuts would have.

New Paper “The Soot-based Toolchain For Analyzing Android Apps”

Steven, Siegfried and I have just completed our invited paper for MOBILESoft’17. The paper The Soot-based Toolchain For Analyzing Android Apps summarizes for the first time the Soot-based tool chain for analyzing Android apps that we have built up over the past years. We hope you will enjoy the read!

And if you attend ICSE, maybe consider attending MOBILESoft as well, and you will be able to attend my keynote talk.

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Harvester scores 1st place at German IT-Sicherheitspreis

Copyright: Catharina Frank

Copyright: Catharina Frank

Harvester has scored 1st place at this year’s German IT-Sicherheitspreis! Every two years, the Horst Görtz Foundation awards EUR 200,000 to the three winners, with the first place being awarded EUR 100,000. More at Heise (in German)

Many thanks to the judges and the foundation! Harvester will is planned to be available soon as a plugin into our CodeInspect framework. We are further thinking of providing a command-line version to interested customers.

Talks at the Second International Workshop on Agile Secure Software Development (ASSD’16)

The workshop was an opportunity to share experiences and ideas about developing secure software using the agile processes. Hasan Yasar from the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), CMU opened the sessions with a keynote talk on the experience of SEI in integrating security to DevOps for its clients.  He talked about on how DevOps principles were applied to develop secure applications, from idea to delivery of a completed application to production environment, also including operational support and incident response. He explained how to address application security concerns at early development lifecycle and how to address threats at different decisions point using integrated DevOps platforms. He emphasized the value of reference architecture, team collaboration, organization’s culture, considering security through development lifecycle, and continuous feedback.

The keynote was followed by a talk given by Vaishnavi Mohan, who discussed the aspects that SecDevOps authors have been discussing in the literature. Tosin Daniel Oyetoyan reported, in the second session, about his study on the relationships between software security skills, usage and training needs in Agile settings in two Norwegian companies. They observed that there is a positive linear relationship between the practice of security activities in software development projects and the skills and knowledge of the participating developers about software security. This suggests, if confirmed with more studies, that training developers on developing secure software leads to the production of secure software. Next Kalle Rindell gave an overview about the experience he has with his colleagues in building secure identity management system in an agile environment for the Finnish government. Lotfi ben Othmane discussed in the third talk the study they had on incremental security assurance for the e-commerce software, Zen Cart.

In the afternoon session Chad Heitzenrater discussed the application of economic utility functions within the negative use case development process to help development managers decide on the alternatives to mitigate the abuse cases. The presentation was followed by the talk of Daniela S. Cruzes, who reported about a study they performed to identify the factors that influence testing of nonfunctional requirements in agile teams, which are priority, culture, awareness, time pressure, cost, and technical issues.

 

The full ARES program, including the workshop program is available here