SBA Research is a research center for Information Security funded partly by the national initiative for COMET Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies. Within a network of more than 70 companies, 15 Austrian and international universities and research institutions, and many additional international research partners we jointly work on research challenges ranging from organizational to technical security to strengthen Europe’s Cybersecurity capabilities.
ISIS @ TU Wien IAIK @ TU Graz DKE @ Uni Wien NM @ WU Wien FH St. Pölten AIT

SBA Research moved to a new location!

Our new address: Floragasse 7, 1040 Vienna, Austria Effective since: June 25, 2019 More at:


Talk at 33C3

Numerous members of SBA are at the CCC Congress in Hamburg. 33C3 takes place from December 27 – 30, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany and is the biggest non-commercial hacker conference worldwide with more than 11.000 people attending ever year.

Martin Schmiedecker gives a talk on “Everything you always wanted to know about Certificate Transparency (but were afraid to ask)”. The recordings are already available on and on Youtube.

Frohe Weihnachten!

SBA Research wünscht Ihnen im Namen aller Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter frohe Weihnachten, einen guten Rutsch ins Jahr 2017 und erholsame Feiertage!

Events Overview 2017:
In unserer Event-Roadmap 2017 finden Sie auf einen Blick alle SBA Konferenzen, Kurse und weitere Event-Termine. Die Roadmap wird laufend ergänzt.

Advanced Trainings 2017:
SBA Research startet 2017 mit drei neuen Kursen zu den Themen Incident Response, Schutz vor Ransomware und Wireshark Scipting mit Lua. Die Kurstermine für 2017 stehen bereits  fest, diese können Sie hier finden.


Security Rockstars – Final Pitching

@ European Cybersecurity Talks – boosting the Cybersecurity Industry – October 24, 2016 | Hofburg Vienna
hosted by BM.I, KSÖ & SBA Research

Guest talk: “Exact Algorithms for Stochastic Games and Polynomial System Solving”

Elias Tsigaridas, POLSYS team, INRIA Paris, France, gave a guest talk about “Exact Algorithms for Stochastic Games and Polynomial System Solving”. Abstract

This event is hosted by the IEEE CS/SMCS Austria Chapter.


SCOTT project proposal favorably evaluated under the H2020-ECSEL-2016-2 call

ecsel-logoThe results for the H2020-ECSEL-2016-2-IA call of ECSEL JU are now out and we are glad that the project proposal “SCOTT: Secure Connected Trustable Things” is ranked the second best among all submitted and is retained for co-funding by the EU H2020 program.

The SCOTT consortium brings together 57 partners from 12 countries (Europe and Brazil), including SBA Research.

The project will be coordinated by VIRTUAL VEHICLE, an international research and development center located in Austria and supported by the COMET K2 research program “K2-Mobility – Sustainable Vehicle Technologies”, which is active in the field of application-oriented vehicle development.

More information:

  • ECSEL JU: Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership Joint Undertaking, the public-private partnership keeping Europe at the forefront of technology development.
  • Official project page

Paper accepted @ ICST 2017

The paper “Coveringcerts: Combinatorial Methods for X.509 Certificate Testing” by Kristoffer Kleine and Dimitris Simos has been accepted for publication in the 10th IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST 2017). ICST is one of the leading conferences for software testing and validation. The results of this work establish a new application domain for combinatorial testing, i.e. protocol testing.

In total, 36 out of 135 submissions were accepted (acceptance rate: 26%). The 10th IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation will be held on March 13-18, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan

Paper: Coveringcerts: Combinatorial Methods for X.509 Certificate Testing
Abstract: Correct behaviour of X.509 certificate validation code in SSL/TLS implementations is crucial to ensure secure communication channels. Recently there have been major efforts in testing these implementations, namely frankencerts and mucerts, which provide new ways to generate test certificates which are likely to reveal errors in the implementations of X.509 validation code. However, it remains a significant challenge to generate effective test certificates.

In this paper, we explore the applicability of a prominent combinatorial method, namely combinatorial testing, for testing of X.509 certificates. We demonstrate that combinatorial testing provides the theoretical guarantees for revealing errors in the certificate validation logic of SSL/TLS implementations. Our findings indicate that the introduced combinatorial testing constructs, coveringcerts,  compare favorably to existing testing methods by encapsulating the semantics of  the validation logic in the input model and employing combinatorial strategies that significantly reduce the number of tests needed. Besides the foundations of  our approach, we also report on experiments that indicate its practical use.


This week Peter Kieseberg from SBA Research joined a meeting of the MPM4CPS COST-action in Malaga. The MPM4CPS action deals with multi-paradigm modelling in the area of cyber-physical systems and SBA will bring a more security-related perspective to the consortium, especially since cyber-physical systems have been identified as one of the major targets for … Continue reading COST-Action MPM4CPS.


Guest talk: “Reverse-engineering CPUs for fun and profit”

Clémentine Maurice, postdoctoral researcher in the Secure Systems Group of the Institute of Applied Information Processing and Communications of TU Graz, gives a talk on “Reverse-engineering CPUs for fun and profit“. Abstract

Friday, November 25, 2016, 15:30 – 17:00, SBA Research

This event is hosted as a joint activity by the Vienna ACM SIGSAC Chapter and the IEEE CS/SMCS Austria Chapter.



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