Erik-Oliver Blass

 

Research


Being interested in all aspects of computer and communication security, I am currently focussing on cloud computing security and privacy. I am investigating new protocols for outsourcing storage and computation to public clouds. My goal is to design protocols that assure security and privacy in case of an untrusted cloud provider. I consider my research as "use-inspired": I target protocols that do not only have a solid theoretical foundation, but are practical and efficient in real-world clouds today.



Short Bio


Before joining Northeastern, as a postdoc and senior researcher at EURECOM, France, I have researched security and privacy for RFID systems. More specifically, I have designed new protocols for authentication, payment, and anti-counterfeiting. Even before, I researched wireless sensor networks and designed protocols for key exchange and secure data aggregation. I hold a Diploma and a PhD (with distinction) in computer science from Universität Karlsruhe in Germany. My thesis was awarded with the prize for the best security research thesis by Germany's “data security organization (GDD)” in 2007.


Projects


I am Principal Investigator of “Privacy and Security for MapReduce Clouds with PASMAC”

funded by NSF grant CNS1218197. Research has started September 1st 2012, find the project’s homepage here.

My research has also been supported by a grant from VISA.


Teaching

In fall 2012, I have taught CS 6750, “Cryptography and Communications Security”. Find its homepage here.


List of Publications

Conferences and Workshops

  1. Erik-Oliver Blass, Travis Mayberry, Guevara Noubir, Kaan Onarlioglu, “Toward Robust Hidden Volumes using Write-Only Oblivious RAM”, Proceedings of ACM Conference on Computer and Communication Security (CCS’14), 2014 (to appear)

  2. Travis Mayberry, Erik-Oliver Blass, Agnes Hui Chan, “Efficient Private File Retrieval by Combining ORAM and PIR”, Proceedings of 20th Annual Network & Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS’14), 2014, Distinguished Paper Award

  3. Jonas Zaddach, Anil Kurmus, Davide Balzarotti, Erik-Oliver Blass, Aurelien Francillon, Travis Goodspeed, Moitrayee Gupta, Ioannis Koltsidas, “Implementation and Implications of a Stealth Hard-Drive Backdoor”,  Proceedings of Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC’13), 2013, Best Paper Award

  4. Triet D. Vo-Huu, Erik-Oliver Blass, Guevara Noubir, “Countering High-Power Jammers using Mixed Mechanical and Software Beam-Forming”, Proceedings of ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec’13), 2013, Runner Up Best Paper Award

  5. Travis Mayberry, Erik-Oliver Blass, Agnes Hui Chan, “PIRMAP: Efficient Private Information Retrieval for MapReduce”, Proceedings of Financial Cryptography and Data Security (FC’13), 2013

  6. Erik-Oliver Blass, William Robertson, “TRESOR-HUNT: Attacking CPU-Bound Encryption”, Proceedings of Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC’12), 2012

  7. Kaoutar Elkhiyaoui, Erik-Oliver Blass, Refik Molva, “T-MATCH: Privacy-Preserving Item Matching for Storage-Only RFID Tags”, Proceedings of RFID Security (RFIDSec’12), LNCS 7739, 2012

  8. Erik-Oliver Blass, Roberto Di Pietro, Refik Molva, Melek Onen, “PRISM – Privacy-Preserving Search in MapReduce”, Proceedings of Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS’12), 2012

  9. Erik-Oliver Blass, Kaoutar Elkhiyaoui, Refik Molva, “PPS: Privacy-Preserving Statistics using RFID Tags”, Proceedings of IEEE Workshop on Data Security and PrivAcy in wireless Networks (D-SPAN’12),  2012

  10. Kaoutar Elkhiyaoui, Erik-Oliver Blass, Refik Molva, “CHECKER: On-site checking in RFID-based supply chains”, Proceedings of ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec’12), 2012

  11. Kaoutar Elkhiyaoui, Erik-Oliver Blass, Refik Molva, “ROTIV: RFID Ownership Transfer with Issuer Verification”, Proceedings of RFID Security (RFIDSec’11), 2011

  12. Erik-Oliver Blass, Kaoutar Elkhiyaoui, Refik Molva, “TRACKER: Security and Privacy for RFID-based Supply Chains”, Proceedings of 18th Annual Network & Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS ‘11), 2011

  13. Erik-Oliver Blass, Anil Kurmus, Refik Molva, Thorsten Strufe, “PSP: Private and Secure Payment with RFID”, Proceedings of ACM Privacy in the Electronic Society (WPES’09), 2009

  14. Erik-Oliver Blass, Anil Kurmus, Refik Molva, Guevara Noubir, Abdullatif Shikfa, “The $F_f$-Family of Protocols for RFID-Privacy and Authentication”, Proceedings RFID Security (RFIDSec’09), 2009

  15. Erik-Oliver Blass, Martina Zitterbart, “Tailored security and safety for pervasive computing”, Open Research Problems in Network Security (iNetSec’09), Zurich, Switzerland, IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, Vol. 309, 2009

  16. Erik-Oliver Blass, Refik Molva, “New directions in RFID security”, Open Research Problems in Network Security (iNetSec’09), Zurich, Switzerland, IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, Vol. 309, 2009

  17. Erik-Oliver Blass, Joachim Wilke, Martina Zitterbart, “Relaxed Authenticity for Data Aggregation in Wireless Sensor Networks”, Proceedings of International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks (SecureComm’08), 2008

  18. Simon Kellner, Mario Pink, Detlev Meier, Erik-Oliver Blass, “Towards a Realistic Energy Model for Wireless Sensor Networks”, Proceedings of IEEE Conference on Wireless On demand Network Systems and Services (WONS’08), 2008

  19. Erik-Oliver Blass, Martina Zitterbart, “An Efficient Key Establishment Scheme for Secure Aggregating Sensor Networks“, Proceedings of ACM Symposium on Information, Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS’06), 2006

  20. Erik-Oliver Blass, Lars Tiede, Martina Zitterbart, “An Energy-Efficient and Reliable Mechanism for Data Transport in Wireless Sensor Networks“, Proceedings of Third International Conference on Networked Sensing Systems (INSS’06), 2006

  21. Artur Hecker, Erik-Oliver Blass, Houda Labiod, “A Decentralized Management and Access Control for 802.1X WLANs“, Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Personal Wireless Communications (PWC’05), 2005

  22. Erik-Oliver Blass, Martina Zitterbart, “Towards Acceptable Public-Key Encryption in Sensor Networks“, Proceedings of ACM International Workshop on Ubiquitous Computing (IWUCS’05), 2005

  23. Hans-Joachim Hof, Erik-Oliver Blass, Martina Zitterbart, “Secure Overlay for Service Centric Wireless Sensor Networks“, Proceedings of European Workshop on Security in Ad-Hoc and Sensor Networks (ESAS’04), 2004

  24. Hans-Joachim Hof, Erik-Oliver Blass, Thomas Fuhrmann, Martina Zitterbart, “Design of a Secure Distributed Service Directory for Wireless Sensornetworks“, Proceedings of European Conference on Wireless Sensor Networks (EWSN’04), 2004


Journals

  1. Erik-Oliver Blass, Anil Kurmus, Refik Molva, Thorsten Strufe, “PSP: Private and Secure Payment with RFID”, Computer Communications, Elsevier, Vol. 36, pp. 468–480, ISSN 0140-3664, 2013

  2. Erik-Oliver Blass, Anil Kurmus, Refik Molva, Guevara Noubir, Abdullatif Shikfa, “The $F_f$-Family of Protocols for RFID-Privacy and Authentication”, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC), Vol. 8(3), pp. 466–480, 2011, ISSN 1545-5971

  3. Erik-Oliver Blass, Refik Molva, “Schutz von Lieferketten mit RFID-Tags”, DIGMA, Vol 11(2), pp. 76—79, 2011, ISSN 1424-9944

  4. Zinaida Benenson, Erik-Oliver Blass, Felix C. Freiling, “Attacker Models for Wireless Sensor Networks”, IT – Information Technology, Vol. 52(6), pp. 320—324, 2010. ISSN 1611-2776

  5. Jochim Wilke, Erik-Oliver Blass, Felix Freiling, Martina Zitterbart, “A framework for probabilistic, authentic aggregation in wireless sensor networks”, PIK, Vol. 32(2), pp. 116—126, 2009, ISSN 0930-5157


Books and Book Chapters

  1. Erik-Oliver Blass, Benjamin Fabian, Matthias Fischmann, Seda Gürses, “Security in Sensor Networks”, in “Algorithms for Sensor and Ad Hoc Networks“, D. Wagner and R. Wattenhofer (Ed.), pp. 305—323, Springer Verlag, 2007, ISBN 978-3-540-74990-5

  2. Erik-Oliver Blass, “Sicherer, aggregierender Datentransport in drahtlosen Sensornetzen“, 238 pp., Dissertation, Universitätsverlag Karlsruhe, 2007, ISBN 978-3-86644-142-2

  3. Roland Bless, Stefan Mink, Erik-Oliver Blass, Michael Conrad, Hans-Joachim Hof, Kendy Kutzner, Marcus Schöller, “Sichere Netzwerkkommunikation“, 582 pp., Springer Verlag, June 2005, ISBN 3-540-21845-9


Poster

  1. Erik-Oliver Blass, Jens Horneber, Martina Zitterbart, “Analyzing Data Prediction in Wireless Sensor Networks”, Proceedings of IEEE 67th VTC Spring Conference, pp. 86—87, Marina Bay, Singapore, 2008, ISBN 978-1-4244-1645-5

  2. Erik-Oliver Blass, Joachim Wilke, Martina Zitterbart, “A Security—Energy Trade-Off for Authentic Aggregation in Sensor Networks“, Proceedings of IEEE Conference on Sensor, Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks (SECON’06), pp. 135—137, Washington D.C., USA, 2006, ISBN 142440732X

  3. Erik-Oliver Blass, Michael Conrad, Martina Zitterbart, “A Tree-Based Approach for Secure Key Distribution in Wireless Sensor Networks“, Proceedings Workshop on Real-World Wireless Sensor Networks (REALWSN’05), Stockholm, Sweden, 2005


Demos

  1. Erik-Oliver Blass, Kaoutar Elkhiyaoui, Refik Molva, “Demo: The $F_f$ Hardware Prototype for Privacy-Preserving RFID Authentication”, ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS’11), pp. 737—740, Chicago, USA, 2011, ISBN  978-1-4503-0948-6

  2. Joachim Wilke, Erik-Oliver Blass, Martina Zitterbart, “ESAWN-NR: Authentic Aggregation and Non-Repudiation in Wireless Sensor Networks”, Proceedings of International Conference on Networked Sensing Systems (INSS’08), Kanazawa, Japan, 2008, ISBN 978-4-907764-31-9


Technical Reports

  1. Erik-Oliver Blass, Travis Mayberry, Guevara Noubir, “Practical Forward-Secure Range and Sort Queries with Update-Oblivious Linked Lists”, Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2013/715, 2013, http://eprint.iacr.org/2013/715

  2. Tao Jin, Triet Vo-Huu, Erik-Oliver Blass, Guevara Noubir, “BaPu: Efficient and Practical Bunching of Access Point Uplinks”, CoRR abs/1301.5928, 2013, http://arxiv.org/abs/1301.5928

  3. Erik-Oliver Blass, Guevara Noubir, Triet Vo Huu, “EPiC: Efficient Privacy-Preserving Counting for MapReduce”, Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2012/452, 2012, http://eprint.iacr.org/2012/452

  4. Erik-Oliver Blass, Zinaida Benenson, “Das ZeuS-Angreifermodell“, Technical Report, No. TM-2008-1, Universität Karlsruhe, February 2008, ISSN 1613-849X

  5. Erik-Oliver Blass, Martina Zitterbart, “Efficient Implementation of Elliptic Curve Cryptography for Wireless Sensor Networks“, Technical Report No. TM-2005-1, 2005


Other Publications

  1. Joachim Wilke, Frank Werner, Markus Bestehorn, Zinaida Benenson, Simon Kellner, Erik-Oliver Blass, “Vergleichbarkeit von Ansätzen zur Netzwerkanalyse in drahtlosen Sensornetzen, 7. GI/ITG KuVS Fachgespräch "Drahtlose Sensornetze“, pp. 97—100, Berlin, Germany, 2008

  2. Erik-Oliver Blass, Holger Junker, Martina Zitterbart, “Effiziente Implementierung von Public-Key Algorithmen für Sensornetze“, Lecture Notes in Informatics: Informatik 2005, Vol. 2, GI, pp. 140—144, Bonn, Germany, 2005, ISBN 3-88579-397-0

  3. Erik-Oliver Blass, Hans-Joachim Hof, Martina Zitterbart, “S-CAN: Sicheres Overlay für Sensornetze“, 2. GI/ITG KuVS Fachgespräch “Drahtlose Sensornetze”, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2004

  4. Erik-Oliver Blass, Hans-Joachim Hof, Bernhard Hurler, Martina Zitterbart, “Erste Erfahrungen mit der Karlsruher Sensornetz-Plattform“, GI/ITG KuVS Fachgespräch “Drahtlose Sensornetze”, Berlin, Germany, 2003

  5. Stefan Dieterle, Peer Wichmann, Erik-Oliver Blass, Jochen Breuer, Rolf Kampffmeyer, Axel Rengstorf, “Sicherheit für die Top-Level Domain .de durch Secure DNS“, FZI — Forschungszentrum Informatik, Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI), 2003

  6. Erik-Oliver Blass, “Analyse, Verifikation und Realisierung kryptographischer Protokolle für flexible Zugriffe auf medizinische Datenbanken“, diploma thesis, European Institute for System Security, Universität Karlsruhe, 2001

  7. Erik-Oliver Blass, “Evaluierung von Chipkartensystemen für HUELKA“, Bachelor thesis, European Institute for System Security, Universität Karlsruhe, January 2000

  8. Erik-Oliver Blass, Uwe Forgber, “Ein generisches Werkzeug zur Anbindung von Wissensressourcen an internetbasierte Planungsumgebungen“, 11. Forum Bauinformatik, Darmstadt, Germany, 1999



Research Assistant Professor


College for Computer and Information Science

Northeastern University

360 Huntington Ave.

Building West Village H

Room #202

02115 Boston, USA


Phone: +1-617-383-4072

Email: blass AT ccs.neu.edu