Call for Presentations on Secure Compilation (PriSC Workshop @ POPL'19)

Dominique Devriese dominique.devriese at
Tue Sep 4 09:07:44 UTC 2018

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Call for Presentations on Secure Compilation (PriSC Workshop @ POPL'19)

The emerging field of secure compilation aims to preserve security
properties of programs when they have been compiled to low-level languages
such as assembly, where high-level abstractions don’t exist, and unsafe,
unexpected interactions with libraries, other programs, the operating
system and even the hardware are possible.
For unsafe source languages like C, secure compilation requires careful
handling of undefined source-language behavior (like buffer overflows and
double frees).
Formally, secure compilation aims to protect high-level language
abstractions in compiled code, even against adversarial low-level contexts,
thus enabling sound reasoning about security in the source language.
A complementary goal is to keep the compiled code efficient, often
leveraging new hardware security features and advances in compiler design.
Other necessary components are identifying and formalizing properties that
secure compilers must possess, devising efficient security mechanisms (both
software and hardware), and developing effective verification and proof
Research in the field thus puts together advances in compiler design,
programming languages, systems security, verification, and computer

3rd Workshop on Principles of Secure Compilation (PriSC 2019)

The Workshop on Principles of Secure Compilation (PriSC) is a relatively
new, informal 1-day workshop without any proceedings.
The goal is to bring together researchers interested in secure compilation
and to identify interesting research directions and open challenges.

The 3rd edition of PriSC will be held in Lisbon, together with the ACM
SIGPLAN-SIGACT Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages (POPL),
The exact date will be either January 13 or January 19 (to be decided by
the POPL organizers).

More information is available at
Important Dates
* Presentation proposal submission deadline: 17 October 2018, AoE
* Presentation proposal notification: 10 November 2018
* PriSC Workshop takes place: either Sunday, 13 January 2019 or Saturday 19
January 2019 (to be decided by the POPL organizers)

Presentation Proposals and Attending the Workshop

Anyone interested in presenting at the workshop should submit an extended
abstract (up to 2 pages, details below) covering past, ongoing, or future
Any topic that could be of interest to secure compilation is in scope.
Secure compilation should be interpreted very broadly to include any work
in security, programming languages, architecture, systems or their
combination that can be leveraged to preserve security properties of
programs when they are compiled or to eliminate low-level vulnerabilities.
Presentations that provide a useful outside view or challenge the community
are also welcome.
This includes presentations on new attack vectors such as
microarchitectural side-channels, whose defenses could benefit from
compiler techniques.

Specific topics of interest include but are not limited to:
* attacker models for secure compiler chains.
* secure compiler properties: fully abstract compilation and similar
properties, memory safety, control-flow integrity, preservation of safety,
information flow and other (hyper-)properties against adversarial contexts,
secure multi-language interoperability.
* secure interaction between different programming languages: foreign
function interfaces, gradual types, securely combining different memory
management strategies.
* enforcement mechanisms and low-level security primitives: static
checking, program verification, typed assembly languages, reference
monitoring, program rewriting, software-based isolation/hiding techniques
(SFI, crypto-based, randomization-based, OS/hypervisor-based),
security-oriented architectural features such as Intel’s SGX, MPX and MPK,
capability machines, side-channel defenses, object capabilities.
* experimental evaluation and applications of secure compilers.
* proof methods relevant to compilation: (bi)simulation, logical relations,
game semantics, trace semantics, multi-language semantics, embedded
* formal verification of secure compilation chains (protection mechanisms,
compilers, linkers, loaders), machine-checked proofs, translation
validation, property-based testing.

Guidelines for Submitting Extended Abstracts

Extended abstracts should be submitted in PDF format and not exceed 2 pages.
They should be formatted in two-column layout, 10pt font, and be printable
on A4 and US Letter sized paper.
We recommend using the new acmart LaTeX style in sigplan mode:

Submissions are not anonymous and should provide sufficient detail to be
assessed by the program committee.
Presentation at the workshop does not preclude publication elsewhere.

Please submit your extended abstracts at

Contact and More Information

For questions please contact the workshop chairs, Dominique Devriese (
dominique.devriese at and Deepak Garg (dg at
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