M. Sc. Max Hoffmann

  • Research Assistant - Chair Embedded Security
Hoffmann, Max


Max Planck Institute for Cybersecurity and Privacy
Universitätsstr. 140
44799 Bochum

max.hoffmann@rub.de PGP key


  • Since 10/2016: Researcher at the Embedded Security Group at the Ruhr-University Bochum
  • 10/2015 - 10/2017: Master of Science in IT-Security at the Ruhr-University of Bochum
  • 10/2012 - 10/2015: Bachelor of Science in IT-Security at the Ruhr-University of Bochum


  • Hardware Reverse-Engineering
  • Hardware Trojans
  • Hardware Obfuscation



Black-Box Wallets: Fast Anonymous Two-Way Payments for Constrained Devices

Max Hoffmann, Michael Klooß, Markus Raiber, Andy Rupp - Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies, PETS 2020

P4TC - Provably-Secure yet Practical Privacy-Preserving Toll Collection

Valerie Fetzer, Max Hoffmann, Matthias Nagel, Andy Rupp, Rebecca Schwerdt - Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies, PETS 2020

Efficient Zero-Knowledge Arguments in the Discrete Log Setting, Revisited

Max Hoffmann, Michael Klooß, Andy Rupp - ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, CCS 2019

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)

Stealthy Opaque Predicates in Hardware - Obfuscating Constant Expressions at Negligible Overhead

Max Hoffmann, Chris­tof Paar - IACR Transactions on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems ISSN 2569-2925,Vol. 2018, No. 2, pp. 277–297

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)

BBA+: Improving the Security and Applicability of Privacy-Preserving Point Collection

Gunnar Hartung, Max Hoffmann, Matthias Nagel, Andy Rupp - ACM CCS 2017 on Oct. 30–Nov. 3, 2017, Dallas, TX, USA

New Techniques for Structural Batch Verification in Bilinear Groups with Applications to Groth–Sahai Proofs

Gottfried Herold, Max Hoffmann, Michael Klooß, Carla Ràfols, Andy Rupp - ACM CCS 2017 on Oct. 30–Nov. 3, 2017, Dallas, TX, USA