Seminar Security and Privacy in Information Technology (3 SWS, 4 CP)

This year, the seminar primarily focuses on recent and past advances in Universal Composability (UC). UC frameworks describe how security properties from sub-protocols (for example a protocol establishing a secure channel between two parties) transfer to higher-level protocols (for example a protocol performing a cash transaction via said secure channel). This property -- called composition -- allows for the modular analysis of complex, composed protocols and additionally provides strong security guarantees. The design of such frameworks is challenging, so it is no surprise that competing views on how to design these frameworks have emerged and are still being extended, refined, corrected and consolidated


In the scope of this seminar, we will compare different state-of-the-art approaches to UC. The students will work in reading groups to understand different frameworks and make out their differences. Some researchers claim that "in order to really understand UC, you have to design your own framework". Motivated by this claim, the participants will proceed to create their own version of theses frameworks by extending them with new features.


  • 23/10/2014, 3pm - 4.30 pm: Kickoff meeting in E202, Piloty-Building
  • 26/10/2014: Students decide on topics and aspects they will tackle
  • reading groups of four: every week, once a month with office hour (tba)
  • within 12/01/2015 - 16/01/2015: presentation sessions, 20-30mins per talk, discussion
  • 20/03/2014: deadline for paper (8 pages)


Via Tucan (20-00-0646-se) and Moodle.

Lecturer: Robert Künnemann

Assistant: Marco Ghiglieri


SIT Research Group

Security in Information Technology

Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik

Prof. Dr. Michael Waidner

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