Dr.-Ing. Marc Fyrbiak

  • Former Assistant - Chair Embedded Security
Fyrbiak, Marc


Chair for Embedded Security
Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­tät Bo­chum
D - 44780 Bo­chum

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(+49)(0)234 / 32 - 26129
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  • Since 11/2014: Re­se­arch As­sis­tant/PhD Po­si­ti­on at the Em­bed­ded Se­cu­ri­ty Group, Horst Görtz In­sti­tu­te for IT-Se­cu­ri­ty, Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­ty Bo­chum, Ger­ma­ny
  • 10/2012 - 09/2014: M.Sc. studies in IT-Security at Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­ty Bo­chum, Germany
  • 10/2009 - 09/2012: B.Sc. studies in Computer Science at TU Braunschweig, Germany


Graph Similarity and Its Applications to Hardware Security

Marc Fyrbiak, Sebastian Wallat, Sascha Reinhard, Nicolai Bissantz, Chris­tof Paar - IEEE Transactions on Computers

Highway to HAL

Sebastian Wallat, Nils Albartus, Steffen Becker, Max Hoffmann, Maik Ender, Marc Fyrbiak, Adrian Drees, Sebastian Maaßen, Chris­tof Paar - CF'19 Proceedings of the 16th ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers Pages 392-397

Towards Cognitive Obfuscation - Impeding Hardware Reverse Engineering Based on Psychological Insights

Carina Wiesen, Nils Albartus, Max Hoffmann, Steffen Becker, Sebastian Wallat, Marc Fyrbiak, Nikol Rummel, Chris­tof Paar - ASPDAC '19 Proceedings of the 24th Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference Pages 104-111 (presentation at ASPDAC 2019, Tokyo, Japan, January 21–24, 2019)

Teaching Hardware Reverse Engineering: Educational Guidelines and Practical Insights

Carina Wiesen, Steffen Becker, Marc Fyrbiak, Nils Albartus, Malte Elson, Nikol Rummel, Chris­tof Paar - 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE), Wollongong, NSW, 2018, pp. 438-445. (presented in December 2018 in Wollongong, NSW, Australia)

An Exploratory Analysis of Microcode as a Building Block for System Defenses

Benjamin Kollenda, Philipp Koppe, Marc Fyrbiak, Christian Kison, Chris­tof Paar, Thorsten Holz - ACM Con­fe­rence on Com­pu­ter and Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons Se­cu­ri­ty (CCS), Toronto, October 2018

On the Difficulty of FSM-based Hardware Obfuscation

Marc Fyrbiak, Sebastian Wallat, Jonathan Déchelotte, Nils Albartus, Russell Tessier, Chris­tof Paar - IACR Transactions on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems, Vol. 2018, No. 3, pp 293-330, 2018. (presentation at CHES 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 9 – 12, 2018)

HAL—The Missing Piece of the Puzzle for Hardware Reverse Engineering, Trojan Detection and Insertion

Marc Fyrbiak, Sebastian Wallat, Pawel Swierczynski, Max Hoffmann, Sebastian Hoppach, Mathias Wilhelm, Tobias Weidlich, Russell Tessier, Chris­tof Paar - IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (to appear)

Hybrid Obfuscation to Protect against Disclosure Attacks on Embedded Microprocessors

Marc Fyrbiak, Simon Rokicki, Nicolai Bissantz, Russell Tessier, Chris­tof Paar - IEEE Transactions on Computers, Volume 67, Issue 3, pp. 307-321, 2018.

Reverse Engineering x86 Processor Microcode

Philipp Koppe, Benjamin Kollenda, Marc Fyrbiak, Christian Kison, Robert Gawlik, Chris­tof Paar, Thorsten Holz - USENIX Security Symposium, Vancouver, Canada, August 2017

A look at the dark side of hardware reverse engineering - a case study

Sebastian Wallat, Marc Fyrbiak, Moritz Schlögel, Chris­tof Paar - IEEE 2nd International Verification and Security Workshop, IVSW 2017, Thessaloniki, Greece, July 3-5, 2017.

Hardware reverse engineering: Overview and open challenges

Marc Fyrbiak, Sebastian Strauß, Christian Kison, Sebastian Wallat, Malte Elson, Nikol Rummel, Chris­tof Paar - IEEE 2nd International Verification and Security Workshop, IVSW 2017, Thessaloniki, Greece, July 3-5, 2017.

Hardware Obfuscation: Techniques and Open Challenges

Georg T. Becker, Marc Fyrbiak, Christian Kison - Foundations of Hardware IP Protection, Springer International Publishing, 105—123, 2017

Interdiction in Practice – Hardware Trojan Against a High-Security USB Flash Drive

Pawel Swierczynski, Marc Fyrbiak, Philipp Koppe, Amir Moradi, Chris­tof Paar - Journal of Cryptographic Engineering, Springer, June 2016.

Protecting against Cryptographic Trojans in FPGAs

Pawel Swierczynski, Marc Fyrbiak, Chris­tof Paar, Christophe Huriaux, Russell Tessier - In the Proceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 2015.

FPGA Trojans through Detecting and Weakening of Cryptographic Primitives

Pawel Swierczynski, Marc Fyrbiak, Philipp Koppe, Chris­tof Paar - IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, Volume PP Issue 99, February 2015.