Call for Papers
 Past Workshops

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, Los Angeles, CA
December 8, 2015
Collocated with ACSAC 2015ACM ICPS


Program protection and reverse engineering techniques both find their practical use in malware research and analysis as well as legitimate protection schemes for intellectual property and commercial software. Program protection techniques vary widely from the use of obfuscation, tamper-proofing, watermarking, virtualization, and an array of methods to frustrate disassembly, debugging, and decompilation. Reverse engineering of low-level constructs such as machine code or gate-level circuit definitions through static and dynamic analysis is geared to recover higher levels of abstract information to determine a program's function as well as to classify it with existing similar code (which is typically malicious). Both program protection and reverse engineering techniques are utilized for legitimate and illegal purposes. Theoretically, protection is seen as impossible in the general case but the promise of mathematically based transformations with rigorous cryptographic properties is an area of active interest. Given enough time and resources, reverse engineering and de-obfuscation is assumed to be achievable.

PPREW invites papers on program protection and reverse engineering used in legitimate contexts, with particular focus on studies and experiments that explore the boundary of practical methods and their theoretical limits. The workshop is intended to provide a discussion forum for researchers that are exploring theoretical definitions and frameworks, implementing and using practical methods and empirical studies, and those developing new tools or techniques in this unique area of security. We expect the workshop to provide exchange of ideas and support for cooperative relationships among researchers in industry, academia, and government

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Obfuscation / deobfuscation (polymorphism)
  • Tamper-proofing
  • Hardware-based protection
  • Side channel analysis vulnerabilities
  • Theoretical analysis frameworks:
    • Abstract Interpretation
    • Homomorphic Encryption
    • Term Rewriting Systems
    • Machine Learning
    • Large Scale Boolean Matching
  • Software watermarking
  • Digital fingerprinting
  • Reverse engineering tools / techniques
  • Program / circuit slicing
  • Component / functional Identification
  • Source code (static/dynamic) analysis
  • Information hiding and discovery
  • Virtualization for protection and/or analysis
  • Forensic and anti-forensic protection
  • Moving target and active cyber defense

Important Dates

Paper Submission: September 1, 2015
Author Notification: October 19, 2015
Camera Ready Version: November 20, 2015
Workshop: December 8, 2015

Submissions handled through EasyChair.