Markus Kammerstetter

Markus Kammerstetter

General Information

I am a PhD candidate at the Automation Systems Group at the Vienna University of Technology, where I also conducted my master's and my bachelor's thesis.

In my master's thesis, entitled "Real-time Encrypted Speech Communication Over Low Bandwidth Channels", I implemented an embedded real-time system, allowing secure speech communication over channels with 9600 baud/s and below. Besides confidentiality, integrity and authenticity, the system has a number of unique security features that are novel to the field. In my bachelor's thesis, I focused on semiconductor security analysis techniques, focusing on the extraction of sensitive information such as cryptographic key material, secret algorithms or program code from silicon chips.

Together with participating project and industry partners, I recently co-authored a number of research proposals. My latest efforts led to the SG² KIRAS research project. As a consequence, my future work will thus focus on the security of critical smart grid infrastructures.

My research interests include most aspects of computer and embedded-system security, with emphasis on low-level and binary analysis. Apart from that, I have a strong interest in semiconductor and hardware security.

Professional Activities

Since 2005, I have been working as an independent security consultant specialized on binary vulnerability analysis for enterprise environments. Among my references are a notable financial institution and large scale enterprises. Since then, I have been responsible for the discovery of more than 100 critical vulnerabilities in leading enterprise products.
Before that, I conducted security consulting and system administration services for smaller businesses.
Since 2012, I'm also business director of the IT security company Trustworks KG.


Starting with 2007, I have been involved with the following courses:

Practicals and Theses

If you want to do a practical ("Praktikum") or thesis related to embedded, hardware or semiconductor security, please contact me.



Markus Kammerstetter, Markus Muellner, Daniel Burian, Christian Platzer and Wolfwang Kastner
Breaking Integrated Circuit Device Security through Test Mode Silicon Reverse Engineering
21st ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ACM CCS), November 3-7, 2014, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Markus Kammerstetter, Lucie Langer, Florian Skopik and Wolfgang Kastner
Architecture-Driven Smart Grid Security Management
2nd ACM Workshop on Information Hiding and Multimedia Security, June 11-13, 2014, Salzburg, Austria
Markus Kammerstetter, Christian Platzer and Wolfgang Kastner
PROSPECT - Peripheral Proxying Supported Embedded Code Testing
9th ACM Symposium on Information, Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS 2014), June 4-6, 2014, Kyoto Garden Palace, Kyoto, Japan
L. Langer, M.Kammerstetter, F. Skopik, T. Hecht, and P. Smith
POSTER: Smart Grid Security Analysis: The (SG)² Approach
Smart Grids Week 2014, May 19-23, 2014, Graz, Austria
Lucie Langer, Johannes Goellner, Christian Meurers, Andreas Peer, Markus Kammerstetter and Thomas Bleier
Importance of Risk Management for the Security of Smart Grids
European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research, April 22-25 2014, Vienna, Austria
Markus Kammerstetter, Lucie Langer, Florian Skopik, Friederich Kupzog and Wolfgang Kastner
Practical Risk Assessment Using a Cumulative Smart Grid Model
3rd International Conference on Smart Grids and Green IT Systems (SMARTGREENS), April 3-4 2014, Barcelona, Spain
Johannes Goellner, Christian Meurers, Andreas Peer, Lucie Langer and Markus Kammerstetter
Bedeutung des Risikomanagements für die Sicherheit von Smart Grids
13th SYMPOSIUM ENERGY INNOVATION (EnInnov2014), 12th - 14th February 2014, Graz, Austria
L. Langer, F. Kupzog, M. Kammerstetter, T. Kerbl, F. Skopik
Smart Grid Security Guidance (SG)2 - Empfehlungen für sichere Smart Grids in Österreich
ComForEn 2013, 4. Fachkonferenz Kommunikation für Energienetze der Zukunft, September 26, 2013
Markus Kammerstetter, Christian Platzer and Gilbert Wondracek
Vanity, Cracks and Malware: Insights into the Anti-Copy Protection Ecosystem
19th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS 2012), October 2012, Raleigh, NC, USA
Florian Skopik, Thomas Bleier, Markus Kammerstetter and Georg Kienesberger
Smart Grid Security Guidance: Eine Sicherheitsinitiative fuer Intelligente Stromnetze
42. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft fuer Informatik e.V. (GI) (INFORMATIK 2012), September 16-21, 2012, Braunschweig, Germany
Markus Kammerstetter
Real-time Encrypted Speed Communication Over Low Bandwidth Channels
Master's thesis, May 11, 2011, suggested for Distinguished Young Alumnus Award

Notable Achievements


I can be reached under mk (at) iseclab org

You can find my contact information through TISS.

Last Modified: Tue Nov 18 14:07:17 CET 2014

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