DATE: Wednesday, October 20, 2005
TIME: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Arvind Seshadri

Pioneer: Dynamic Root of Trust for Untampered Code Execution

We propose a primitive, called Pioneer, as a first step towards verifiable code execution on untrusted legacy hosts. Pioneer does not require any hardware support such as secure co-processors or CPU-architecture extensions. We implement Pioneer on an Intel Pentium IV Xeon processor. Pioneer can be used as a basic building block to build security systems. We demonstrate this by building a kernel rootkit detector.

I am a doctoral candidate in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and am jointly advised by Pradeep Khosla and Adrian Perrig. My research focuses on security of embedded systems and wireless sensor networks, and on secure computer architecture. My other research interests include security of operating systems, real-time systems and home networks. I am affiliated with the CyLab. I hold an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a B.E. (Hons.) in Computer Science and MSc. (Hons.) in Physics from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India.

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