Open PhD Position in Software
Verification for Binary-level Security
The CEA LIST, Software Security Lab (LSL), has several open PhD positions in the area of binary-level software verification and security, to begin as soon as possible at Paris-Saclay, France.
formal methods, software verification, software security,
vulnerabilities, (de-)obfuscation, malware, static and dynamic
analysis, symbolic execution
Quick position description
Several major classes of security analysis have to be performed on raw
executable files, such as vulnerability analysis of mobile code or
commercial off-the-shelf, deobfuscation or malware inspection. These
analysis are very challenging, due to the very low-level and intricate
nature of binary code, and currently they are still relatively poorly
tooled -- essentially syntactic static analysis (disassembly) which are
easy to fool, or dynamic analysis (fuzzing) which miss many subtle
behaviors. Our long-term objective is to adapt software verification
methods from source-level safety analysis to binary-level security
analysis, in order to propose efficient semantic tools for supporting
low-level security investigations.
We propose several PhD positions around this thematic, focusing on:
vulnerability detection and symbolic fuzzing, semantic analysis of very
large binary codes and malware deobfuscation and detection. The goal is
to build on state-of-the-art approaches in terms of software
verification, binary-code analysis, combination of formal methods
(especially static analysis and symbolic execution) in order to design
methods and tools addressing these extremely challenging problems.
This work will build on advances brought by the BINSEC
project (2013-2017), a 4-year project funded by ANR (French research
agency) and dedicated to advance binary-level security analysis.
Results will be included in the open-source BINSEC platform. All
positions includes theoretical research as well as prototyping
(preferably in OCaml) and experimental evaluation.
The positions are 3-year long. The successful candidates will be hosted
at CEA (Paris area, France), where they will be supervised by
Sébastien Bardin. Possible collaborations: LORIA (Nancy), Université
Grenoble-Alpes and DGA.
Within CEA LIST, LSL is a twenty-person team dedicated to software
verification, with a strong focus on real-world applicability and
industrial transfer. We design methods and tools that leverage
innovative approaches to ensure that real-world systems can comply with
the highest safety and security standards. CEA LIST's new offices are located at the heart of Campus Paris Saclay, in the largest European cluster of public and private research.
Candidates should have a Master degree in Computer Science. They should
be familiar with at least one of the following topics: formal
verification, logic (especially automated solvers), semantics of
programming languages, compilation techniques, security analysis,
architecture and/or assembly languages. A good knowledge of functional
programming (OCaml) is a plus.
Applicants should send an email to Sébastien Bardin firstname.lastname@example.org - including CV, motivation letter and reference. deadline: please contact us as soon as possible. more information by email