Call for presentations: 7th Workshop on Principles of Secure Compilation (PriSC 2023)

by Marco Guarnieri, Oct. 1, 2022

The Workshop on Principles of Secure Compilation (PriSC) is an informal 1-day workshop without any proceedings. The goal of this workshop is to identify interesting research directions and open challenges and to bring together researchers interested in working on building secure compilation chains, on developing proof techniques and verification tools, and on designing software or hardware enforcement mechanisms for secure compilation. The 7th edition of PriSC will be held on January 21 in Boston, Massachusetts, United State together with the ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages (POPL), 2023.

Secure compilation is an emerging field that puts together advances in security, programming languages, compilers, verification, systems, and hardware architectures in order to devise more secure compilation chains that eliminate many of today’s security vulnerabilities and that allow sound reasoning about security properties in the source language. For a concrete example, all modern languages provide a notion of structured control flow and an invoked procedure is expected to return to the right place. However, today’s compilation chains (compilers, linkers, loaders, runtime systems, hardware) cannot efficiently enforce this abstraction against linked low-level code, which can call and return to arbitrary instructions or smash the stack, blatantly violating the high-level abstraction. Other problems arise because today’s languages fail to specify security policies, such as data confidentiality, and the compilation chains thus fail to enforce them, especially against powerful side-channel attacks. The emerging secure compilation community aims to address such problems by identifying precise security goals and attacker models, designing more secure languages, devising efficient enforcement and mitigation mechanisms, and developing effective verification techniques for secure compilation chains.

7th Workshop on Principles of Secure Compilation (PriSC 2023)

The Workshop on Principles of Secure Compilation (PriSC) is an informal 1-day workshop without any proceedings. The goal of this workshop is to identify interesting research directions and open challenges and to bring together researchers interested in working on building secure compilation chains, on developing proof techniques and verification tools, and on designing software or hardware enforcement mechanisms for secure compilation. The 7th edition of PriSC will be held on January 21 in Boston, Massachusetts, United State together with the ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages (POPL), 2023.

Important Dates

  • Thu 27 Oct 2022: Submission Deadline
  • Thu 24 Nov 2022: Acceptance Notification
  • Sat 21 Jan 2023: Workshop

Presentation Proposals and Attending the Workshop

Anyone interested in presenting at the workshop should submit an extended abstract (up to 2 pages, details below) covering past, ongoing, or future work. Any topic that could be of interest to secure compilation is in scope. Secure compilation should be interpreted very broadly to include any work in security, programming languages, architecture, systems or their combination that can be leveraged to preserve security properties of programs when they are compiled or to eliminate low-level vulnerabilities. Presentations that provide a useful outside view or challenge the community are also welcome. This includes presentations on new attack vectors such as microarchitectural side-channels, whose defenses could benefit from compiler techniques.

Specific topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Attacker models for secure compiler chains.
  • Secure compiler properties: fully abstract compilation and similar properties, memory safety, control-flow integrity, preservation of safety, information flow and other (hyper-)properties against adversarial contexts, secure multi-language interoperability.
  • Secure interaction between different programming languages: foreign function interfaces, gradual types, securely combining different memory management strategies.
  • Enforcement mechanisms and low-level security primitives: static checking, program verification, typed assembly languages, reference monitoring, program rewriting, software-based isolation/hiding techniques (SFI, crypto-based, randomization-based, OS/hypervisor-based), security-oriented architectural features such as Intel’s SGX, MPX and MPK, capability machines, side-channel defenses, object capabilities.
  • Experimental evaluation and applications of secure compilers.
  • Proof methods relevant to compilation: (bi)simulation, logical relations, game semantics, trace semantics, multi-language semantics, embedded interpreters.
  • Formal verification of secure compilation chains (protection mechanisms, compilers, linkers, loaders), machine-checked proofs, translation validation, property-based testing.

Guidelines for Submitting Extended Abstracts

Extended abstracts should be submitted in PDF format and not exceed 2 pages (references not included). They should be formatted in two-column layout, 10pt font, and be printable on A4 and US Letter sized paper. We recommend using the new acmart LaTeX style in sigplan mode. Submissions are not anonymous and should provide sufficient detail to be assessed by the program committee. Presentation at the workshop does not preclude publication elsewhere.

Contact and More Information

You can find more information on the workshop website: https://popl23.sigplan.org/home/prisc-2023

Submission website:https://prisc2023.hotcrp.com/

For questions please contact the workshop chairs, Marco Guarnieri ([email protected]) and Shweta Shinde ([email protected]).