Seclab: Hands-On Computer Security


SemesterSummer 2021
Course typePraktikum
LecturerJun.-Prof. Dr. Wressnegger
AudienceInformatik Master & Bachelor
Credits4 ECTS
Room148, Building 50.34 Online
LanguageEnglish or German

Remote Course

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this course is going to start off remotely, meaning, the kick-off meeting and the individual meet-ups will happen online. The final colloquium, however, will hopefully be an in-person meeting again.

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The "Seclab" is a collaborative play-ground for getting your hands on cutting-edge research in computer security that has been successfully published at top-tier venues. In this course, you will read up on the respective research topic, implement prototypes, and conduct evaluations on real-world data.

You may choose one of the provided topcis from recent computer security research (cf. below), which include but are not limited to vulnerability discovery, the detection of malware and APTs, adversarial and explainable machine learning.

Throughout the semester, we are going to progress through different phases that are necessary to successfully replicate research which are accompanied with regular meet-ups of all participants. At the end of the year, results and "lessons learned" will be presented at a final colloquium.


Tue, 13. April, 14:00–15:30Kick-off & Topic Assignment
Phase 1Review paper and assess requirements
Phase 2Implement prototype
Phase 3Evaluation as presented in the paper
Phase 4Comparison to related work
Phase 5Write report on findings
Thu, 22. JulyPresentation at final colloquium


To participate it is recommended to have attended at least on of the following the lectures

Mailing List

News about the practical course, potential updates to the schedule, and additional material are distributed using a separate mailing list. Moreover, the list enables students to discuss topics and solution approaches.

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Every student may choose one of the following topics that he/she is going to work on for the entire semester. Each topic is represented by a specific paper that has published at a prestigeous venues and that has significantly contributed to research. Your task is to replicated the results presented in the paper and put them into perspective. Things would be too easy if there were (complete) open-source implementations, though 😉

Topics are going to be announced soon.