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Systematic Security Analysis of Cellular Network Specifications and Implementations

December 7, 2023 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm PST

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Title: Systematic Security Analysis of Cellular Network Specifications and Implementations

Speaker: Dr. Imtiaz Karim

Date and Time: Thursday, December 7th, 2:30 pm

Location: EH 2430


Cellular networks are the bedrock of modern communication. The recent deployment of the 5G has generated further enthusiasm and opportunities in both academia and industry, because of its promise of enabling
innovative applications, such as autonomous vehicles, industrial IoT, and augmented reality. Therefore, the security of cellular network protocols is critical. In this talk, I will elaborate on the critical challenges of ensuring cellular
network security and move on to the research we are doing to enhance the resilience of the networks. I will detail our developed techniques for both white-box and black-box analysis of cellular implementations. On the whole, using
these approaches we have found 24 critical issues in both commercial and open-source implementations. Lastly, I will talk about our recent work SPEC5G, the first-ever public 5G dataset for NLP research, and discuss how using
SPEC5G and state-of-the-art Large Language Models (LLMs) we are detecting inconsistencies in the cellular protocol specifications.


Imtiaz Karim is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Computer Science at Purdue University working with Prof. Elisa Bertino. He received his Ph.D. degree from the same department in Spring
2023. His research interests lie in analyzing the security and privacy of wireless communication protocols (e.g., 4G, 5G, Bluetooth, VoWiFi, vehicular, WiFi, and IoT), their implementations, networked systems, and mobile
computing. His research has led to several changes in the design of 4G and 5G cellular standards, and commercial implementations. He has been inducted into the GSMA Mobile Security Research Hall of Fame
three times and has received numerous bug bounties, CVDs, and CVEs. He received the best paper award at ACSAC 2019, and the best paper award nomination at ICDCS 2021. For outstanding security research, he has
received the Maurice H. Halstead Memorial Award and the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship Award from Purdue University in 2020 and 2022 respectively. He worked as an Applied Scientist Intern at Amazon (Summer 2021)
and a Security Researcher Intern at Intel (Summer 2020, 2019).

Hosted By: Zhou Li

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December 7, 2023
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm PST
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Zhou Li
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EH 2430
Engineering Hall, University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697 United States
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