Dr Markus Kuhn
- PhD, University of Cambridge (2002),
Marie Curie scholarship
- MSc, Purdue
- Diplom-Informatiker, University of Erlangen
Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
Primarily a computer scientist by training, I also have backgrounds in electronics, digital signal processing, communications engineering, and physiology. My broader interests cover most aspects of applied computer science and technology, including neurophysiology and robotics.
My research and that of my PhD students has focused so far on computer security, in particular hardware and signal-processing aspects of this very wide field. Compromising emanations, RFID security, and the security of positioning systems (distance-bounding protocols, authentication of navigation signals) have recently been particular areas of interest. I also worked in the past on hardware tamper resistance, smartcards, network security, “intellectual property” protection technology (in particular pay-TV conditional access), data compression, video and audio technology, FPGA applications, and some standardization matters (character sets, semi-structured data, file formats, etc.).
- Information for local students: project ideas, supervisions
- Consulting services
- Security Group web pages
Dr Markus Kuhn
University of Cambridge
15 JJ Thomson Avenue
Cambridge CB3 0FD
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Home address (only local access)
Reachability status: Away until 6 January 2015.
PhD applicants: I'm always glad to discuss specific project ideas with PhD applicants, preferably over the phone rather than by email. But please do not email me unsolicited CVs. Instead, please submit those through the University's central Graduate Admissions Office and list my name on the application form as a potential supervisor.
Internships: I do not have any interships on offer.
- Omar Choudary, Markus G. Kuhn: Template attacks on different devices. COSADE 2014, Paris, 14–15 April 2014, to appear in LNCS 8622.
- Omar Choudary, Markus G. Kuhn: Efficient template attacks. CARDIS 2013, LNCS 8419, pp. 253–270, 2014.
- Markus G. Kuhn: Compromising emanations of LCD TV sets, IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, Vol. 55, No. 3, pp 564–570, June 2013.
Some other online texts
- Effective scientific electronic publishing contains a number of tips for preparing online papers, mostly intended for our local research group, but probably useful for others as well who want to generate nice PDF files with LaTeX.
- I have a long-standing interest in the international
standardization of technical conventions. The habit of doing
things differently than the rest of the world can be a source of
great annoyance, especially on the Internet. I wrote a few
tutorials on areas that I feel particularly passionate about,
some of which have become widely-quoted references over the
- International standard date and time notation is a brief introduction to ISO 8601.
- International standard paper sizes explains the A4 format used today everywhere outside North America. (I dearly wish folks in the U.S. gave up their strange “Letter” format, which only causes headaches all over the planet for users of word processors, laser printers, and copying machines.)
- My UTF-8 and Unicode FAQ for Unix/Linux helped to kick-start replacing the now obsolete ISO 8859 8-bit character sets in the Linux world.
- I wrote the Metric System FAQ for the USENET group misc.metric-system.
- There is also a (still evolving) text about metric font sizes.
- I have a sideline interest in computer timekeeping. I proposed a new Time and calendar API for the C programming language, which stimulated a lot of activity in that direction. My UTC-SLS is a proposed standard for robust handling of UTC leap seconds in computers. There is also collected information on low-frequency radio time signals.
- OTPW is my one-time password package for POSIX systems, optimized for being used with printed password lists and designed to be more robust against certain denial-of-service attacks than various older schemes.
- JBIG-KIT is my portable C implementation of a highly effective lossless bi-level image compression algorithm based on context sensitive arithmetic coding. The JBIG1 algorithm (specified in ITU-T Recommendation T.82) implemented in this library is especially suitable for compressing scanned documents and fax pages. You can also download the (German) project report (Studienarbeit) that I wrote about JBIG-KIT (abstract).
- I prepared and maintain the ISO 10646-1 extension of the classic X Window System pixel fonts.
- In early 1997, I wrote StirMark, a robustness testing tool for steganographic watermarking algorithms of still images. It is now maintained by Fabien Petitcolas.
Older material previously found here is now in my home page attic.
- 2010 Michaelmas: Unix Tools, Forensic Signal Analysis
- 2011 Lent: Digital Signal Processing, Security I
- 2011 Michaelmas: Registration, Digital Signal Processing, Unix Tools
- 2012 Easter: Security I
- 2012 Michaelmas: Digital Signal Processing, Unix Tools
- 2013 Lent: Security I, Security II
- 2013 Michaelmas: Digital Signal Processing, Unix Tools
- 2014 Lent: Security I, Security II
- 2014 Michaelmas: Digital Signal Processing, Unix Tools
- 2015 Lent: Security II
- 2015 Easter: Security I
I currently supervise as a PhD student Christian O'Connell. Former PhD students of mine that have already graduated: Piotr Zieliński, Steven Murdoch, Gerhard Hancke, Saar Drimer, Andrew Lewis, Marios Omar Choudary.
Ross Anderson and I organize a Security Seminar Series, which is open to the public.