May 2021 – April 2023

The ICRC benefits from a special legal status and specific privileges and immunities under both international and domestic law in over 95 countries. This special status enables the ICRC to carry out its mandate effectively and to do so in full conformity with its Fundamental Principles (particularly neutrality, impartiality, and independence) and standard working modalities. One of the key working modalities that enable the ICRC to have the trust of parties to conflicts and access to conflict areas and people affected by conflict is confidentiality. The increasing digitization of humanitarian data flows increasingly makes humanitarian organizations the targets of state-sponsored attackers. Consequently, secure approaches are needed for secure computation in cloud environments, accompanied by secure global communication.

ETHZ PI: Prof. Adrian Perrig, Network Security Group, D-​INFK
Partners: Vincent Graf Narbel ICRC and Stevens Le Blond, Neutrality
Photo: Tima Miroshnichenko, Pexels

Publications and/or scientific communication

  • Henry Birge-Lee, Joel Wanner, Grace H. Cimaszewski, Jonghoon Kwon, Liang Wang, François Wirz, Prateek Mittal, Adrian Perrig, and Yixin Sun, “Creating a Secure Underlay for the Internet”, USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security), August 2022.
  • Schneider, Moritz, Ramya Jayaram Masti, Shweta Shinde, Srdjan Capkun, and Ronald Perez, “Sok: Hardware-supported trusted execution environments.”, arXiv preprint, 2022
  • Ivan Puddu, “Understanding the Capabilities of Privileged Attackers Against Trusted Execution Environments”, Chapters 7 and 8, Doctoral Thesis, 2023
  • Wistoff, M. Schneider, F. K. Gürkaynak, L. Benini and G. Heiser, “Microarchitectural Timing Channels and their Prevention on an Open-Source 64-bit RISC-V Core,” 2021 Design, Automation & Test in Europe Conference & Exhibition (DATE), Grenoble, France, 2021, pp. 627-632.
  • Wistoff, M. Schneider, F. K. Gürkaynak, G. Heiser and L. Benini, “Systematic Prevention of On-Core Timing Channels by Full Temporal Partitioning,” in IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 72, no. 5, pp. 1420-1430, 1 May 2023
  • A. Kurth et al., “An Open-Source Platform for High-Performance Non-Coherent On-Chip Communication,” in IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 71, no. 8, pp. 1794-1809, 1 Aug. 2022
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