Welcome to the CryptoLUX Wiki!
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 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 (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
PhD in Applied Cryptography, the PRIDE funding program
The successful candidate will join the CRYPTOLUX group led by Prof. Alex Biryukov. He or she will contribute to a research project on future directions in applied cryptography and and is expected to perform the following tasks:
• Shaping research directions and producing results in one or more of the following topics:
o Design and Cryptanalysis of lightweight block ciphers, authenticated encryption schemes
o Side-channel attacks on symmetric cryptosystems and countermeasures
o Design and security analysis of IoT and blockchain security protocols
o Strong whitebox-cryptography
• Providing guidance to M.Sc. students
• Disseminating results through scientific publications and talks at conferences
• M.Sc. degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, or a related field
• Strong mathematical and algorithmic CS background (complexity of algorithms; probability/statistics; discrete math; basic cryptography, algebra)
• Background in cryptography or information security or ethical hacking - a plus
• Good skills in programming, scripting languages . Math tools a plus.
• Commitment, team working and a critical mind
• Participation in competitions, Olympiads, CTFs - a big plus
• Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are mandatory
Duration of Ph.D. is typically between 3-4 years. The University offers highly competitive salaries and is an equal opportunity employer. You will work in an exciting international environment and will have the opportunity to participate in the development of a newly created research center.
Application Applications, written in English, should be submitted online and should include:
• Curriculum Vitae (including your contact address, photo, work experience, publications) • A research statement indicating your interest, prior research (if any) and your motivation (max 1 page) • Contact information for 2-3 referees
Deadline for applications: November 30, 2017. Early submission is encouraged; applications will be processed upon arrival.
Contact: Prof. Alex Biryukov (e-mail: name dot family name (at) uni.lu)
News and Announcements
See here history of past events.
July 2016 Dmitry will present Argon2 and Equihash at IETF meeting in Berlin.
May 2017 Team CryptoLUX has won shared 1st place at the luxblockhackathon for an Asset Management+KYC+UP PoC.
How to reach us
We just moved to Belval Campus, Esch-Belval, Luxembourg. About 25 mins from Luxembourg city.