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

[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 was at the 6th place 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

Prof. Ziming Zhao

Director of CactiLab

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Xi Tan

PhD Student

Fall 2019 -

Area: System security

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Md. Armanuzzaman Tomal

PhD Student

Fall 2019 -

Area: System security

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Arnod Paul

CSE MS Student, UB

Fall 2020 -

Area: System Security

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Edward Christian

CSE MS Student, UB

Fall 2020 -

Area: Election Security

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Kaige Gao

CSE MS Student, UB

Fall 2020 -

Area: System Security

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Alumni

Brandon Adler

CSEC BS/MS Student, RIT

Spr 2019 - Spr 2020

Area: Cortex-M TrustZone

First Job: Mitre

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Eric Scheler

CE BS Student, RIT

Summer 2019 - Fall 2019

Area: FPGA Security

First Job: Parsons

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Ayushi Rathore

CSEC MS Student, RIT

Summer 2019 - Fall 2019

Area: Car Security

First Job: Palo Alto Networks

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