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PriSC 2023 : 7th Workshop on Principles of Secure Compilation


When Jan 21, 2023 - Jan 21, 2023
Where Boston, US
Submission Deadline Oct 27, 2022
Notification Due Nov 24, 2022
Categories    secure compilation   programming languages   security and privacy

Call For Papers

Call for Presentations: PriSC 2023 @ 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
* 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:

Submission website:

For questions please contact the workshop chairs, Marco Guarnieri
( and Shweta Shinde

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