Christian Otterstad

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Christian Otterstad

Ph.D. started in: 2013
Expected year of graduation: 2017
COINS consortium member: University of Bergen
Supervised by: Oyvind Ytrehus, Kjell Hole
Links: Cristin
Research area: Secure Software
Project title: Low-level exploitation mitigation through dynamic code mutation and selected low-level attacks
Project description: Low-level exploits enable attackers to locally and remotely gain unauthorized access to computer systems. One factor which readily enables this is the fact that software can be largely considered a monoculture. My work attempts to find novel attacks, novel attack techniques, examine and evaluate mitigation techniques and in particular what ways they can be bypassed. By understanding what exploitation techniques are effective and which are not, mitigation techniques can draw upon this knowledge and adapt accordingly. My goal is also to create a dynamic code mutation framework that can be used to introduce diversity into already existing software.

Publications:

  1. Olav Lysne, Kjell Jørgen Hole, Christian W. Otterstad, Øyvind Ytrehus, Raymond Aarseth, Jørgen Tellnes (2016). Vendor malware: detection limits and mitigation
Courses attended:
  1. IMT6002 COINS Winter School (NTNU), 3 ECTS, 2016
  2. IMT6002 COINS Winter School (NTNU), 3 ECTS, 2015
Events attended with COINS funding:
  1. COINS Finse winter school , Finse, Norway, 2016
  2. FRISC Finse winter school, Finse, Norway, 2015
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