Syed Rafiul Hussain

Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Computer Science
Purdue University

       

About Me

I will join as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, School of EECS at Pennsylvania State University from Fall 2020.

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 interest broadly lies in the areas of network and systems security. More specifically, my research focuses on improving security and privacy postures of emerging networks and cyber-physical systems, including cellular networks, Internet-of-Things (IoT), embedded devices, software-defined networking, and cloud infrastructures.

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.

Recent News

April 20: Paper on Zigbee security has been accepted to WiSec’20. Congratulations to Weicheng and Fabrizio!
January 20:
Invited to serve in the PC of ESORICS’20.
January 20:
PKI based defense against fake base stations has been featured by Wired and News Dio.
December 19:
ATFuzzer was awarded the Best Paper Award at ACSAC’19.
November 19: 5GReasoner was featured by 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 identifying 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 by 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 by New York Times, Forbes, CNet, ACM Tech News, ZDNet, The Register, and 100+ other media outlets worldwide.

Note for prospective students: I am currently recruiting hard-working and motivated students interested in building, breaking, and fixing the security and privacy of emerging networks and systems. Drop me an email with your CV if you want to share your interests in security with me. If you are not currently at Penn State but are interested in my research, please apply to the program and make sure to mention my name as a faculty member you are interested in working with.

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

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,

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