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SILM 2020 : Worskshop on the Security of Software / Hardware Interfaces

Genova, Italy
Event Date: Jun 19, 2020 - Jun 19, 2020
Submission Deadline: Mar 16, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: Apr 12, 2020
Camera Ready Version Due : Apr 24, 2020


Welcome to the 2nd edition of our Worskshop on the Security of Software / Hardware Interfaces. SILM 2020 will be co-located with the 5th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy (EuroS&P 2020) and will take place in Genova (Italy), June 18, 2020. This Workshop is organized as part of the SILM thematic semester funded by the French DGA and managed by Inria for the different partners.

It is becoming increasingly important to combine software and hardware aspects in order to take into account new software attacks. For example, hardware vulnerabilities such as Spectre or Meltdown can be exploited by purely
software attacks. Such attacks can be executed remotely and do not require physical access to the targeted hardware platform. On the other hand, hardware features can be used to better detect and respond to traditional software attacks, such as memory corruption. It is therefore necessary to study in depth the security of software/hardware interfaces, both in terms of attacks and defences.

The purpose of the SILM workshop is to share experience, tools and methodologies to handle security in software/hardware interfaces. On one hand, we need to better assess the security guarantees provided by existing hardware architectures against software attacks, especially attacks against micro-architecture. This can be achieved by identifying new vulnerabilities using reverse engineering, fuzzing or other attack approaches. On the other hand, we also need to propose new architectures offering better resilience against software attacks. Theses architectures should rely on hardware-based security mechanisms to protect the software stack. One of the challenge is to formally specify and verify the security guarantees offered by such architectures.

The goal of this second edition of the SILM workshop is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners from academia, industry and government that work on the security of software/hardware interfaces.

Call For Paper

We accept two categories of submissions:

  1. Regular papers describing fully developed work and complete results (10 pages, references included, IEEE format)
  2. Short papers, position papers, industry experience reports, work-in- progress submissions (6 pages, references included, IEEE format)

All papers should be in English and describe original work that has not been published or submitted elsewhere. The submission category should be clearly indicated. All submissions will be fully reviewed by members of the Program Committee. Papers will appear in IEEE Xplore in a companion volume to the regular EuroS&P proceedings.

Papers must be typeset in LaTeX in A4 format (not “US Letter”) using the IEEE conference proceeding template we supply We suggest you first compile the supplied LaTeX source as is, checking that you obtain the same PDF as the one supplied, and then write your paper into the LaTeX template, replacing the boilerplate text. Please do not use other IEEE templates. Failure to adhere to the page limit and formatting requirements can be grounds for rejection.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following.

  • Hardware reverse engineering
  • Microcode security analyses
  • Software side-channel attacks
  • Software attacks against micro-architecture
  • Hardware-based security mechanisms
  • Software counter-measures against hardware vulnerabilities
  • Formal methods applied to the security of software/hardware interfaces
  • Hardware enclaves
  • Hardware trace mechanisms for security
  • OS and VM introspection

For accepted papers, at least one author must attend the workshop.

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