Syed Rafiul Hussain

Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Computer Science
Purdue University

       

About Me

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher hosted by my PhD supervisor Prof. Elisa Bertino and Prof. Ninghui Li at Purdue University from where I have also obtained my PhD.

Research Interests: My research interests span the areas of network and system security with a focus on improving security and privacy postures of emerging networks and cyber-physical systems including cellular networks and IoT.

Vision: My research philosophy is to take a holistic approach to fundamentally enhance the investigation of security and privacy of a system starting from analyzing designs, evaluating implementations, monitoring systems, and building verified/high-assurance defenses. As part of this process, I combine theory and practice by drawing inspirations from formal verification, program analysis, software testing, signal processing, and cryptography.

More about me: CV

Recent News

December 19: ATFuzzer was awarded the Best Paper Award at ACSAC’19.
November 19: 5GReasoner was featured in Wired, TechCrunch, Forbes, MIT Technology Review, Yahoo Finance, and 70+ other media outlets worldwide.
November 19: ATFuzzer was featured in TechCrunch, Xiaomi, Deep Security News, My Digi Tech, Android Police, and 40+ other media outlets all over the world.
October 19: Intel awarded $72K for our work on IoT security.
October 19: Inducted by GSMA in the Mobile Security Research Hall of Fame for identitifying design flaws/weaknesses in 5G network.
October 19: Side Channel Attacks in 4G and 5G Cellular Networks got accepted for presenting in Black Hat Europe’19.
August 19: ATFuzzer got accepted to ACSAC’19. Congrats to Imtiaz and Fabrizio! My first work as a mentor!
August 19: “Protecting the 4G and 5G Cellular Paging Protocols against Security and Privacy Attacks” got accepted to PETS’20. Congrats to Ankush!
July 19: 5GReasoner got accepted to CCS’19.
March 19: “Securing the Insecure Link of Internet-of-Things Using Next-Generation Smart Gateways” got accepted to DCOSS’19.
March 19: “Insecure Connection Bootstrapping in Cellular Networks: The Root of All Evil” got accepted to WiSec’19.
February 19: Our NDSS’19 paper has been featured in Washington Post, Wired, TechCrunch, MSN News, The Hacker News, and 100+ other media outlets worldwide.
December 18: Qualcomm awarded $10K for our work on cellular network security.
December 18: Intel awarded $65K for our work on cellular network security.
November 18: “Privacy Attacks to the 4G and 5G Cellular Paging Protocols Using Side-Channel Information” got accepted to NDSS’19. Best Paper Award Honorable Mention.
March 18: Our NDSS’18 paper has been featured in New York Times, Forbes, CNet, ACM Tech News, ZDNet, The Register, and 100+ other media outlets worldwide.

Research Positions

Spring 2019 - Present

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Computer Science
Purdue University

2013-2018

Research Assistant

Department of Computer Science
Purdue University

Summer 2015 & 2016

Research Associate Intern

Networking and Mobility Group
Hewlett-Packard Labs

Education

Fall 2018

Doctor of Philosophy

in Computer Science
Purdue University

Spring 2013

Master in Computer Science

in Computer Science
North Carolina State University

2009

Bachelor of Science

in Computer Science and Engineering
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Honors & Awards

2019

Distinguished Paper Award, ACSAC'19

Opening Pandora’s Box through ATFuzzer: Dynamic Analysis of AT Interface for Android Smartphones, The 35th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), 2019.

2019

Inducted in Mobile Security Research Hall of Fame

Inducted by GSMA in the Mobile Security Research Hall of Fame for identifying security and privacy flaws in 4G and 5G cellular networks.

2019

Distinguished Paper Award Honorable Mention, NDSS'19

Privacy Attacks to the 4G and 5G Cellular Paging Protocols Using Side Channel Information, in the 26th Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS), 2019

2017

Nominated for the Best Paper Award, ACM SIGBED EWSN'17

SeamBlue: Seamless Bluetooth Low Energy Connection Migration for Unmodified IoT Devices, in ACM SIGBED International Conference on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks (EWSN).

2017

Intel Security RAship award for Spring 2017.

Supported my research on IoT security

2016

IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy travel grant

The grant allowed me to attend the conference, meet with great minds, and learn from the senior researchers.

2015

CERIAS Symposium Best Poster Award Runner Up

Presented the work "Monitoring DBMS Activity for Detecting Data Exfiltration by Insiders"

2005-2009

University merit scholarship and Dean's List Award

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Recent Publications

Protecting the 4G and 5G Cellular Paging Protocols against Security and Privacy Attacks

To appear in the 20th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS), 2020
Ankush Singla, Syed Rafiul Hussain, Omar Chowdhury, Ninghui Li, and Elisa Bertino

Opening Pandora’s Box through ATFuzzer: Dynamic Analysis of AT Interface for Android Smartphones

The 35th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), 2019.
Imtiaz Karim, Fabrizio Cicala, Syed Rafiul Hussain, Omar Chowdhury, and Elisa Bertino

5GReasoner: A Property-Directed Security and Privacy Analysis Framework for 5G Cellular Network Protocol

The 26th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), 2019
Syed Rafiul Hussain, Mitziu Echeverria, Imtiaz Karim, Omar Chowdhury, and Elisa Bertino

Insecure Connection Bootstrapping in Cellular Networks: The Root of All Evil

The 12th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec), 2019
Syed Rafiul Hussain, Mitziu Echeverria, Ankush Singla, Omar Chowdhury, and Elisa Bertino

Privacy Attacks to the 4G and 5G Cellular Paging Protocols Using Side Channel Information

The 26th Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), 2019.
Best Paper Award Honorable Mention
Syed Rafiul Hussain, Mitziu Echeverria, Omar Chowdhury, Ninghui Li, and Elisa Bertino

Securing the Insecure Link of Internet-of-Things Using Next-Generation Smart Gateways

The 5th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems, (DCOSS), 2019
Syed Rafiul Hussain, Shahriar Nirjon, and Elisa Bertino

LTEInspector: A Systematic Approach for Adversarial Testing of 4G LTE

The 25th Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), 2018
Syed Rafiul Hussain, Omar Chowdhury, Shagufta Mehnaz, and Elisa Bertino

A System for Profiling and Monitoring Database Access Patterns by Application Programs for Anomaly Detection

IEEE Transaction on Software Engineering (TSE), 2016.
Lorenzo Bossi, Elisa Bertino, and Syed Rafiul Hussain

Secure Seamless Bluetooth Low Energy Connection Migration for Unmodified IoT Devices

IEEE Transaction on Mobile Computing (TMC), 2017
Syed Rafiul Hussain, Shagufta Mehnaz, Shahriar Nirjon, and Elisa Bertino

SeamBlue: Seamless Bluetooth Low Energy Connection Migration for Unmodified IoT Devices

ACM SIGBED International Conference on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks (EWSN), 2017
Best Paper Award Nomination
Syed Rafiul Hussain, Shagufta Mehnaz, Shahriar Nirjon, and Elisa Bertino,

DBSAFE – An Anomaly Detection System to Protect Databases from Exfiltration Attempts

IEEE Systems Journal (Systems), 2015
Asmaa Sallam, Elisa Bertino, Syed Rafiul Hussain, David Landers, R. Michael Lefler, and Donald Steiner,

DetAnom: Detecting Anomalous Database Transaction by Insiders

Fifth ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy (CODASPY), 2015
Syed Rafiul Hussain, Asmaa Sallam, and Elisa Bertino

Secure Data Provenance Compression Using Arithmetic Coding in Wireless Sensor Networks

The 33rd IEEE International Performance Computing and Communications Conference (IPCCC), 2014
Syed Rafiul Hussain, Changda Wang, Salmin Sultana, and Elisa Bertino

Dictionary Based Secure Provenance Compression for Wireless Sensor Networks

IEEE Transaction on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS), 2014
Syed Rafiul Hussain*, Changda Wang*, and Elisa Bertino (* indicates equal contribution)