Synthesis Techniques for Security


Prof. Somesh Jha, Computer Science Department, University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA

28.072017, 11:00, room 4981


The problem of implementing a secure program is an ideal problem domain for formal methods. Even a small error in the logic of a program can drastically weaken the security guarantees that itprovides. Existing work on applying formal methods to security has focused primarily on applying verification techniques to determine if an existing program satisfies a desired security guarantee. In this talk, I propose that many problems in secure programming can instead be addressed by synthesizing a provably-secure program automatically. We review some work on automatically instrumenting programs that satisfy security properties expressible as safety properties and on a general framework for designing program synthesizers. I will then describe a potential line of work on automatically synthesizing programs that simultaneously satisfy security and functionality.


Somesh Jha received his B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi in Electrical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1996. Currently, Somesh Jha is the Grace Wahba Professor in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), which he joined in 2000. His work focuses on analysis of security protocols, survivability analysis, intrusion detection, formal methods for security, and analyzing malicious code. Recently, he has also worked on privacy-preserving protocols. Somesh Jha has published over 150 articles in highly-refereed conferences and prominent journals. He has won numerous best-paper awards. Somesh also received the NSF career award in 2005 and became an ACM fellow in 2017.

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