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Seminar SS2012: Selected Topics in IT-Security and Cryptography


  • The preliminary meeting on February 6 will start at 11:30, not 12:00, like announced before.
  • Deadlines and the dates of the presentations were announced (see below).


The seminar will be held as a block seminar at the end of the semester, probably taking two full days.


In this seminar, we will discuss selected areas of research in IT-security and cryptography. Possible topics may include authentication, deniability, key agreement, symmetric and asymmetric encryption, security notions such as "semantic security", attack methods such as "chosen ciphertext attacks" or binary exploitation techniques such as "Return Oriented Programming". Topics with strong mathematical emphasis may also be possible, depending on the participants. A concrete list of topics will be given at the preliminary meeting (see below).

Dates and deadlines

  • Preliminary meeting: February 6, 2012, 11:30 - 12:30, UMIC building, Room 205
  • Outline of text: May 1, 2012
  • Draft version of text: May 22, 2012
  • Final version of text: June 5, 2012
  • Draft version of presentation slides: June 12, 2012
  • Final version of presentation slides: June 19, 2012
  • Presentation: June 21/22, 2012


  • You should be a student from one of the fields listed here.
  • You should have attended (and preferably passed) at least one lecture (or practical course / lab) about IT-security or cryptography. Alternatively, good background knowledge in related areas such as computer networking or number theory might also be sufficient.
  • If you are a bachelor student, you can only participate if you already attended a "Proseminar" before.
  • Each participant is expected to write 15 to 20 pages of original text (german or english). All forms of plagiarism (e.g., copying work from others without proper citation) will lead to immediate disqualification from this seminar! 
  • Each participant is expected to give a presentation about his work (in english, about 50 minutes, including about 10 minutes for questions). Attendance to all presentations is mandatory!


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