1st Reversing and Offensive-oriented Trends Symposium 2017 (ROOTS)

Academic workshop co-located with DeepSec November 16/17, Vienna

"Science First!" at DeepSec 2017: The ROOTS Academic Workshop

Call for Papers

With this year's motto of "Science first!", DeepSec will host ROOTS, Reversing and Offensive-oriented Trends Symposium, an academic workshop co-located with the DeepSec conference. ROOTS solicits contributions that focus on theorems and root shells: things you absolutely cannot argue with in security.

The first European symposium of its kind, ROOTS aims to provide an industry-friendly academic platform to discuss trends in exploitation, reversing, offensive techniques, and effective protections. Submissions should provide novel attack forms, describe novel reversing techniques, or effective deployable defenses. Submissions can also provide a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art, and pinpoint promising areas that have not received appropriate attention in the past.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

- New exploitation techniques and methodologies
- New reverse engineering techniques and methodologies
- The role of exploitation in the science of security
- The role of reverse engineering in the science of security
- New unintended models of programming and execution wherein the program is encoded in data, metadata, descriptors, etc.
- Formal models of exploitation and formal methods for exploitation
- Systematization of knowledge in exploitation
- Systematization of knowledge in reverse engineering
- Exploitation of trending platforms and architectures: IoT, cloud, SDNs, etc.
- Reverse engineering of trending platforms and architectures: IoT, cloud, SDNs, etc.
- Exploitation perspectives on emerging trust models: SGX, blockchains, etc.

To facilitate interaction with industry, the ROOTS ticket be will valid for all DeepSec conference tracks on both days, including the industry tracks, and tickets for the industry track will be valid for ROOTS.

PC & Publisher

Program chair: Sergey Bratus (Dartmouth College)
General chair: Edgar Weippl (TU Wien, SBA Research)
Co-General chair: René Pfeifer (Deepsec)
Assistance: Adrian Dabrowski (TU Wien, SBA Research)

Program & Review Commitee
Patroklos (argp) Argyroudis (CENSUS S.A.)
Jean-Philippe Aumasson (Kudelski Security, Switzerland)
Herbert Bos (V.U. Amsterdam)
Stephen Checkoway (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Gynvael Coldwind (Google Security Team)
Lucas Davi (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Thomas Dullien (Google Project Zero)
Aurelien Francion (EURECOM)
Mario Heiderich (Cure53)
Vasileios Kemerlis (Brown University)
René Mayrhofer (JKU Linz)
Marion Marschalek (BlackHoodie)
Collin Mulliner (Trifinite)
Marcus Niemietz (RUB)
Alexander Peslyak (Openwall)
Konrad Rieck (TU Braunschweig)
Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi (TU Darmstadt)
Sebastian Schinzel (FH Münster)
Juraj Somorovsky (Hackmanit)
Filippo Valsorda (Cloudflare)
Edgar Weippl (TU Wien, SBA Research)
Fabian Yamaguchi (TU Braunschweig, LeftShift)
Stefano Zanero (University Politecnico di Milano)

Publication

Application for inclusion in ACM DL via the International Conference Proceedings Series (ICPS) is pending. See http://authors.acm.org/main.html for details about the author's rights.

Submission instructions

Submissions to ROOTS are not limited in page count, but their length should be commensurate with the results. We expect that 5--10 pages of two-column PDF using the sigconf template should be sufficient. We encourage submissions of papers based on results previously presented at industry or hacker conferences, so long as the papers themselves have not been presented elsewhere. We also encourage Systematization of Knowledge (SoK) submissions.

Papers should be submitted through https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=roots2017.

Submissions need not be anonymous. Submissions should not contain endorsements of specific products or vendors.

Important dates (tentative)

Submissions system will open on May 1st.
Submission deadline: August 25 (extended) (anywhere in the world)
Author notification: September 15
Camera-ready papers due: October 5
Workshop and DeepSec: November 16/17

Travel cost reimbursement

Authors will be expected to present their papers at ROOTS. ROOTS will follow the industry conference practice of reimbursing presenters for lodgings at the conference hotel (limited to two nights) and up to EUR 800 of other travel expenses.