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PriSC 2024 : 8th Workshop on Principles of Secure Compilation


When Jan 20, 2024 - Jan 20, 2024
Where London, UK
Submission Deadline Nov 2, 2023
Notification Due Dec 7, 2023

Call For Papers

Call for Presentations: PriSC 2024 @ POPL 2024

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.

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.

8th Workshop on Principles of Secure Compilation (PriSC 2024)

The Workshop on Principles of Secure Compilation (PriSC) is an
informal 1-day workshop without any proceedings. The goal is to bring
together researchers interested in secure compilation and to identify
interesting research directions and open challenges. The 8th edition
of PriSC will be held on January 20, 2024 in London, United Kingdom
together with the ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles of Programming
Languages (POPL) 2024.

Important Dates

* Thu 02 Nov 2023: Submission Deadline
* Thu 07 Dec 2023: Acceptance Notification
* Sat 20 Jan 2024: 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

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:

For questions please contact the workshop chairs, Marco Patrignani and
Shweta Shinde.

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