Technion Researchers Break Through Intel’s Security Wall

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FORESHADOW: Technion, Intel & the Wall

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology researchers and their colleagues abroad have broken through Intel’s innovative security wall, Intel Software Guard Extension (SGX).Read more:

Posted by ‎Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. הטכניון‎ on Wednesday, August 15, 2018

HAIFA, ISRAEL (August 15, 2018) – Technion-Israel Institute of Technology researchers and their colleagues abroad have broken through Intel’s innovative security wall, Intel Software Guard Extension (SGX). SGX is a recently introduced security feature of Intel processors for protecting the privacy and integrity of information and applications on the computer. It is available in all recent Intel processors and is broadly deployed in both personal computers and cloud computing services.
The attack, dubbed Foreshadow, exploits certain weaknesses in the existing mechanisms of Intel CPUs, allowing an attacker to expose private application data and forge computations secured by SGX.

The researchers reported Foreshadow to Intel in January of 2018. Further analysis into the causes of Foreshadow performed by Intel revealed that the same hardware flaw enables a number of other devastating attacks. Called Foreshadow –NG, these attacks put in risk the privacy of users of cloud computing systems that use Intel CPUs. The patches that mitigate these attacks have already been released.

The researchers from the Technion are Assistant Prof. Mark Silberstein of the Viterbi Faculty of Electrical Engineering and his graduate student Marina Minkin from the Computer Science Department. They conducted the study together with their colleagues from The University of Adelaide (Australia), The University of Michigan (USA) and KU Leuven (Belgium). Former Technion graduates Ophir Weiss and Assistant Prof. Daniel Genkin were also involved in the research. The team’s work will be presented today (August 15, 2018) at the leading security conference, USENIX Security ’18, in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Technion in the Top 100 in Global Ranking

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The Technion continues to lead Israel’s academia

Technion climbs to 77th place in the list of the world’s best academic institutions

The Technion and Hebrew University (95th place) are Israel’s two representatives in the top 100 of the 2018 Shanghai Ranking

The Technion jumped to 77th place in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) – the best ranking for an Israeli university this year. The Shanghai list is the world’s leading ranking of institutions of higher education. This year’s top 100 also included the Hebrew University, in 95th place.
Since 2012, the Technion has been consistently included in the ARWU’s top 100 and has now returned to the 77th place, where it was positioned in 2015.

Technion President Professor Peretz Lavie said that “the Technion’s presence in the top 100 leading universities worldwide over the past 7 consecutive years is the fruit of the hard and dedicated work of the Technion management, faculty members, and employees. We carefully select our faculty members with excellence being the single criterion. To tighten the Technion’s position as a world-leading science-technology research university, we also act on the global front – a strategy which has brought about the creation of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute (JCTI) in New York and the Guangdong – Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT) in China.

Irrespective of the international ranking, we continuously appraise and improve ourselves, but the high Shanghai ranking provides an exciting international stamp of recognition of the Technion’s excellence.”

This year, for the second time, the Shanghai ranking also included a disciplinary ranking – ranking by research subject. In this ranking as well, published on July 17, the Technion starred in several categories. The Technion ranked first place among Israeli universities in several fields: Space Engineering (22nd place in the world), Automation and Control (30) and Transportation Science and Engineering (group range 51-75).

The Shanghai ranking, which has been published since 2003, evaluates institutions around the world using objective criteria, including the number of Nobel Prize laureates and winners of other prestigious prizes, the number of scientific publications in the leading journals Nature and Science and other performance indicators relative to the size of the university. The comprehensive Chinese research covers 1200 universities, of which 500 are selected as leading universities.