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CryptoLUX is a cryptology research group within Security and Trust interdisciplinary center ([http://wwwen.uni.lu/snt SnT]) and the Computer Science and Communications ([http://csc.uni.lu CSC]) research unit of the [http://www.uni.lu University of Luxembourg]. Professor [[Alex Biryukov]] is head of CryptoLUX and leads a team consisting of two permanent staff members (Johann Großschädl, Yann Le Corre), several postdoctoral researchers, and about half a dozen Ph.D. students. The CryptoLUX group also forms part of the Laboratory of Algorithmics, Cryptology and Security ([http://lacs.uni.lu LACS]). This wiki serves as an informal platform for the presentation of ongoing research projects and the dissemination of research outcome, ex. peer-reviewed publications, tools for cryptanalysis, source code of cryptographic software. We do our best to ensure the correctness of the information provided by this wiki, but, of course, we can not guarantee that the content is suitable for any particular purpose, especially if it covers work in progress.
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CryptoLUX is a cryptology research group within Security and Trust interdisciplinary center ([http://wwwen.uni.lu/snt SnT]) and the Computer Science and Communications ([http://csc.uni.lu CSC]) research unit of the [http://www.uni.lu University of Luxembourg]. Professor [[Alex Biryukov]] is head of CryptoLUX and leads a team consisting of a permanent staff member (Johann Großschädl), several postdoctoral researchers, and about half a dozen Ph.D. students. The CryptoLUX group also forms part of the Laboratory of Algorithmics, Cryptology and Security ([http://lacs.uni.lu LACS]). This wiki serves as an informal platform for the presentation of ongoing research projects and the dissemination of research outcome, ex. peer-reviewed publications, tools for cryptanalysis, source code of cryptographic software. We do our best to ensure the correctness of the information provided by this wiki, but, of course, we can not guarantee that the content is suitable for any particular purpose, especially if it covers work in progress.
  
 
== Mission and Vision ==
 
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== Open Positions, Jobs ==
 
== Open Positions, Jobs ==
  
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'''Post-doctoral Researcher positions in Applied Cryptography'''
  
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=== Research Associate (Postdoc) in Crypto-Finance, Cybersecurity and Privacy
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We are hiring Ph.D. holders in the general areas of applied cryptography, cybersecurity, privacy and blockchains.
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For more info see: [[Vacancies]]
  
Start day: 1-July 2018 (earlier upon agreement).
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Research area
 
  
The successful candidate will join the CryptoLUX group led by Prof. Alex Biryukov. He or she will contribute to a
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'''Research Associate (Postdoc) in Crypto-Finance, Cybersecurity and Privacy (FinCrypt project) (M/F)'''
research project entitled &quot;Security, Scalability, and Privacy in Blockchain Applications and Smart Contracts
 
(FINCRYPT)&quot;, which is funded by the Luxembourgish research fund (FNR) through the CORE program. Candidates
 
with proven research track record in one or more of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply:
 
  
* Applied Cryptography (SK or PK, efficient ZK)
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Start day: 1-July 2018 (earlier upon agreement).
* Crypto-currencies, smart-contracts, financial cryptography
 
* Privacy enhancing technologies
 
* Distributed consensus protocols
 
* Cybersecurity
 
  
Tasks/Mission:
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Duration: 3 years. [[Vacancies]]
 
 
The main responsibility of the successful candidate would be to:
 
 
 
* Conduct, publish and present research results at conferences
 
* Provide guidance to two Ph.D. students of the project
 
* Attract funding in cooperation with academic and industrial partners
 
 
 
Your Profile
 
 
 
* A Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or a related field
 
* Competitive research record in applied cryptography or information security (at least one paper in top 10 IT
 
security/crypto conferences)
 
* Strong mathematical and algorithmic CS background, economics/finance - a plus
 
* Good skills in programming and scripting languages
 
* Commitment, team working and a critical mind
 
* Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are mandatory
 
  
  
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'''July 2015''' [[Argon|Argon2]] has won the [https://password-hashing.net/ PHC] competition!!!
 
'''July 2015''' [[Argon|Argon2]] has won the [https://password-hashing.net/ PHC] competition!!!
  
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'''July 2018'''  [[Léo Perrin|Léo]] hash won the best Ph.D. thesis 2017 award (the Rolf Tarrach prize) of the University of Luxembourg (about 1 in a 100 competition). Thesis is [http://orbilu.uni.lu/bitstream/10993/31195/1/thesis.pdf here].
  
  
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'''November 2018''' [[Alex Biryukov|Alex]] has given talk at Dagstuhl seminar on [https://www.dagstuhl.de/en/program/calendar/semhp/?semnr=18461 Blockchain Security at Scale].
  
'''October 2016''' [[Léo Perrin|Léo]] will give talk about [[SPARX| '''SPARX''']] at the [https://www.nist.gov/news-events/events/2016/10/lightweight-cryptography-workshop-2016 NIST Lightweight crypto] workshop.
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'''March 2019''' [[Christof Beierle|Christof]] gave talk at FSE/ToSC'2019 in Paris.
 
 
'''October 2016''' [[Aleksei Udovenko|Aleksei]] and his team have won the [https://2016.hack.lu/agenda/ hack.lu] CTF competition!
 
 
 
'''October 2016''' [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zcash Zcash] cryptocurrency was launched with [http://hdl.handle.net/10993/22277 EquiHash] as its proof-of-work.
 
 
 
'''December 2016''' [[Léo Perrin|Léo]] and [[Vesselin Velichkov|Vesselin]] gave talk about [[SPARX| '''SPARX''']] at [http://www.asiacrypt2016.org/?page_id=62 ASIACRYPT'16] in Hanoi, Vietnam.
 
 
 
'''January 2017''' [[Alex Biryukov|Alex]] has organized [http://www.cryptolux.org/esc2017/ESC_2017 ESC'17] where many of us gave talks.
 
  
'''March 2017''' [[Léo Perrin|Léo]] gave talks about generic muliset-algebraic attacks, ASASA update and exponential S-boxes at the [https://www.nuee.nagoya-u.ac.jp/labs/tiwata/fse2017/program.html FSE] in Tokyo, Japan.
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'''March 2019''' We have submitted [[Sparkle|our entry]] for the Lightweight Authenticated Encryption competition run by NIST, US.
  
'''April 2017''' [[Sergei Tikhomirov|Sergei]] gave a talk about the Findel DSL at the [http://fc17.ifca.ai/wtsc/index.html 1st Workshop on Trusted Smart Contracts] in Malta.
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'''April 2019''' [[Aleksei Udovenko|Aleksei]] has defended his [http://orbilu.uni.lu/bitstream/10993/39350/1/thesis.pdf thesis] on Symmetric Cryptography in Black and White-box Models.
  
'''April 2017''' [https://www.cryptolux.org/mediawiki-esc2017/images/9/9a/ASJS-Topics_SymCrypto-ESC17.pdf Topics and Research Directions for Symmetric Cryptography]
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'''April 2019''' [[Daniel Feher|Daniel]] and [[Sergei Tikhomirov|Sergei]] gave talks about blockchain privacy at [http://www.cryblock.org Cryblock'19].
  
'''April 2017''' [[Léo Perrin|Léo]] defended his [http://orbilu.uni.lu/bitstream/10993/31195/1/thesis.pdf thesis].
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'''May 2019''' [[Alex Biryukov|Alex]] and [[Aleksei Udovenko|Aleksei]] have given talks at [https://www.cryptoexperts.com/whibox2019/ Whibox] workshop in Darmstadt.
  
'''May 2017''' Team CryptoLUX has won shared 1st place at the [http://www.itnation.lu/luxblockhackathon-2017/ luxblockhackathon] for an Asset Management+KYC+UP PoC.  
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'''June 2019''' [[Sergei Tikhomirov|Sergei]] gave talk at [https://www.ieee-security.org/TC/EuroSP2019/accepted.php IEEE Security & Privacy] (Europe) in Stockholm.
  
'''July 2017''' [[Daniel Dinu|Daniel]] gave talk on SCA and Secure Network Protocols at [https://cy2sec.comm.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp/acns2017/program.html ACNS], Japan.
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'''June 2019''' [[Daniel Feher|Daniel]] gave talks at [https://cns2019.ieee-cns.org/program/full-program IEEE  Communications and Network Security (CNS)] in Washington D.C. and at [https://www.zfnd.org/zcon/ Zcon1] in Split.
  
'''September 2017''' [[Aleksei Udovenko|Aleksei]] and [[Alex Biryukov|Alex]] have won the [https://run.whibox.cr.yp.to:5443/ whitebox design challenge] of ECRYPT and CHES2017. We also broke the three main competing designs.
 
  
'''November 2017''' [[Aleksei Udovenko|Aleksei]] gave talk on new masking formulas at [https://2017.cardis.org/program.html CARDIS].
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'''September 2019''' [[Alex Biryukov|Alex]] is co-chairing Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology [http://deic.uab.cat/conferences/cbt/cbt2019/ (CBT)] workshop at ESORICS'19.
  
'''November 2017''' Johann Großschädl gave talk about masking schemes with application to IoT at ISC'17 in Vietnam.
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'''November 2019''' [[Luan Cardoso dos Santos|Luan]] will give talks at [https://www.nist.gov/news-events/events/2019/11/lightweight-cryptography-workshop-2019 NIST workshop on lightweight crypto] (US) and at [http://cardis2019.fit.cvut.cz/ CARDIS] (Prague).
  
'''November 2017''' [[Daniel Dinu|Daniel]] defended his thesis (to appear here).
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'''November 2019''' [[Ꮐіuѕeррe Ꮩіttο|Giuseppe]] and [[Daniel Feher|Daniel]] will give talk at [https://sigsac.org/ccs/CCS2019/index.php/program/accepted-papers/ ACM CCS] in London on privacy and subliminal channels in ZK-SNARKs.
  
'''December 2017''' [[Aleksei Udovenko|Aleksei]] has won the professional track of the [http://nsucrypto.nsu.ru/archive/2017/w Student Olympiad in Cryptography].
 
  
 
[[Cryptolux Seminars]].
 
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== How to reach us ==
 
== How to reach us ==
  
We just moved to Belval Campus, Esch-Belval, Luxembourg. About 25 mins from Luxembourg city.
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We are in MNO building on Belval Campus, Esch-Belval, Luxembourg. About 25 mins car drive from the Luxembourg city.
  
 
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Swiss NEMA cipher machine

CryptoLUX is a cryptology research group within Security and Trust interdisciplinary center (SnT) and the Computer Science and Communications (CSC) research unit of the University of Luxembourg. Professor Alex Biryukov is head of CryptoLUX and leads a team consisting of a permanent staff member (Johann Großschädl), several postdoctoral researchers, and about half a dozen Ph.D. students. The CryptoLUX group also forms part of the Laboratory of Algorithmics, Cryptology and Security (LACS). This wiki serves as an informal platform for the presentation of ongoing research projects and the dissemination of research outcome, ex. peer-reviewed publications, tools for cryptanalysis, source code of cryptographic software. We do our best to ensure the correctness of the information provided by this wiki, but, of course, we can not guarantee that the content is suitable for any particular purpose, especially if it covers work in progress.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the CryptoLUX group is to define, conduct, and disseminate leading-edge research in cryptology (and closely related fields), and to pass the knowledge gained from research on to students and industry partners. CryptoLUX is one of the few academic research teams worldwide that possesses expertise across the full spectrum of cryptology, ranging from theoretical foundations to implementation aspects and applications. Our mission and objectives are devised in accordance with the three main goals of the University of Luxembourg, which are teaching, research and knowledge transfer at the highest international level. Members of CryptoLUX collaborate with top research groups around the world. Our current research projects cover a wide variety of topics including algorithm design (block ciphers, hash functions, proofs of work), cryptanalysis, communication security and privacy enchancing technologies, financial technologies/blockchain, efficient implementations, side-channel attacks, and reverse engineering.

Emerging information and communication technologies, such as cloud computing or the Internet of things, pose a number of unique challenges related to the design and implementation of cryptographic primitives, which has initiated a large of body of research in these areas. Nonetheless, the number of cryptanalytic attacks (both traditional ones as well as side-channel attacks) is steadily increasing, and many of these attacks have led to devastating security breaches with fatal consequences. We envision CryptoLUX to be in the forefront of an international research community that tackles these challenges and develops innovative solutions for complex security problems based on a solid cryptographic foundation. To achieve this, we strive for a greater understanding of how cryptosystems get broken (or otherwise fail) in the real world, how they can be designed and implemented to better resist attacks, and how they should be used to build secure systems and networks.

We organized ESC 2017

ESC (Early Symmetric Crypto) is a Dagstuhl-like seminar series on symmetric cryptography that fosters collaboration instead of competition. ESC 2017 took place January 16–20, 2017 in Canach, Luxembourg. The program chairs of ESC 2017 were Alex Biryukov, Joan Daemen, Stefan Lucks, and Serge Vaudenay. More information can be found here.

Open Positions, Jobs

Post-doctoral Researcher positions in Applied Cryptography

Start day: (some positions are ready to fill, starting upon agreement).

Duration: 1-2 years (extension up to 5 years based on performance possible)

For more info see: Vacancies



News and Announcements

See here history of past events.

July 2015 Argon2 has won the PHC competition!!!

July 2018 Léo hash won the best Ph.D. thesis 2017 award (the Rolf Tarrach prize) of the University of Luxembourg (about 1 in a 100 competition). Thesis is here.


November 2018 Alex has given talk at Dagstuhl seminar on Blockchain Security at Scale.

March 2019 Christof gave talk at FSE/ToSC'2019 in Paris.

March 2019 We have submitted our entry for the Lightweight Authenticated Encryption competition run by NIST, US.

April 2019 Aleksei has defended his thesis on Symmetric Cryptography in Black and White-box Models.

April 2019 Daniel and Sergei gave talks about blockchain privacy at Cryblock'19.

May 2019 Alex and Aleksei have given talks at Whibox workshop in Darmstadt.

June 2019 Sergei gave talk at IEEE Security & Privacy (Europe) in Stockholm.

June 2019 Daniel gave talks at IEEE Communications and Network Security (CNS) in Washington D.C. and at Zcon1 in Split.


September 2019 Alex is co-chairing Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology (CBT) workshop at ESORICS'19.

November 2019 Luan will give talks at NIST workshop on lightweight crypto (US) and at CARDIS (Prague).

November 2019 Giuseppe and Daniel will give talk at ACM CCS in London on privacy and subliminal channels in ZK-SNARKs.


Cryptolux Seminars.

How to reach us

We are in MNO building on Belval Campus, Esch-Belval, Luxembourg. About 25 mins car drive from the Luxembourg city.