CyberspACe securiTy and forensIcs lab (CactiLab)

University at Buffalo

Director: Prof. Ziming Zhao

About CactiLab

CactiLab is in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University at Buffalo. Members of CactiLab are interested in security, privacy, and forensics in computer and communications systems. Current research foci include hardware-assisted, system, and software security.


Prof. Ziming Zhao received a PhD degree in Computer Science from the Arizona State University. Research outcomes of CactiLab have appeared in top-tier security conferences and journals, including IEEE S&P, USENIX Security, CCS, NDSS, MobiSys, ACSAC, ESORICS, TISSEC, etc.


Our research has been supported by National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Defense (DoD).

News

[CTF] Team Cacti advised by Dr. Zhao and Dr. Hu placed 5th in Baidu AutoDriving CTF 2021!

[Service] Dr. Zhao serves on the TPC of CCS 2021.

[Paper] "A Formal Analysis of the FIDO UAF Protocol" has been accepted by NDSS 2021!

[Paper] "Having Your Cake and Eating It: An Analysis of Concession-Abuse-as-a-Service" has been accepted by USENIX Security 2021!

[Moving] CactiLab moves to University at Buffalo!

[CTF] Team Cacti advised by Dr. Zhao placed 6th in MITRE Embedded CTF 2020!

[Paper] "SmokeBomb: Effective Mitigation Method against Cache Side-channel Attacks on the ARM Architecture" has been accepted by MobiSys 2020!

[Paper] "Liveness is Not Enough: Enhancing Fingerprint Authentication with Behavioral Biometrics to Defeat Puppet Attacks" has been accepted by USENIX Security 2020!

[Paper] "DANdroid: A Multi-View Discriminative Adversarial Network for Obfuscated Android Malware Detection" has been accepted by CODASPY 2020!

[Paper] "Matched and Mismatched SOCs: A Qualitative Study on Security Operations Center Issues" has been accepted by CCS 2019!

[Paper] "Users Really Do Answer Telephone Scams" received a Distinguished Paper Award at USENIX Security 2019!

[CTF] Team TigerBytes advised by Dr. Zhao has won 3rd place in MITRE Embedded CTF 2019!

Members

Director

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Prof. Ziming Zhao

Director of CactiLab

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PhD Students

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Xi Tan

Fall 2019 -

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Md. Armanuzzaman Tomal

Fall 2019 -

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Feng Wei

Fall 2018 -

Co-advisor: Dr. Hongxin Hu      

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Qiqing Huang

Summer 2020 -

Co-advisor: Dr. Hongxin Hu      

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Zheyuan Ma

Fall 2021 -

Co-advisor: Dr. Hongxin Hu      

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Charles Wiechec

Fall 2021 -

Co-advisor: Dr. Lukasz Ziarek

Master Students

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Edward Christian

Fall 2020 -

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Ariel Shevah

Spring 2021 -

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Malav Vyas

Spring 2021 -

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Shaik Sabiha

Fall 2021 -

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Yuxing Zhang

Fall 2021 -

Undergraduate Students

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Dikshit Khandelwal

Fall 2021                        

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Eric Bishop

Fall 2021

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Emil Kovacev

Fall 2021

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High School Students

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Atharva Shaligram

Brighton High School in Rochester, New York

April, 2021 -

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Puhabi Chakraborti

KV NITA, India

August, 2021 -                  

Alumni

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Eric Scheler

CE BS Student, RIT

Summer 2019 - Fall 2019

First Job: Parsons            

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Ayushi Rathore

CSEC MS Student, RIT

Summer 2019 - Fall 2019

First Job: Palo Alto Networks

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Brandon Adler

CSEC BS/MS Student, RIT

Spr 2019 - Spr 2020

First Job: Mitre            

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Arnod Paul

CSE MS Student, UB

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

First Job: Amazon            

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