WOOT ’10 Call for Papers
4th USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies (WOOT ’10)
August 9, 2010
Sponsored by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association
WOOT ’10 will be co-located with the 19th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security '10), which will take place August 11–13, 2010.
- Deadline extended! Submissions due: May 31, 2010, 11:59 p.m. PDT
- Notification to authors: June 25, 2010
- Electronic files due: July 12, 2010
Charlie Miller, Independent Security Evaluators
Hovav Shacham, University of California, San Diego
Dave Aitel, Immunity
Pedram Amini, TippingPoint
Dan Boneh, Stanford University
David Brumley, Carnegie Mellon University
Mark Dowd, Azimuth Security
Chris Eagle, Naval Postgraduate School
Halvar Flake, Zynamics
Tal Garfinkel, VMware
Collin Jackson, Carnegie Mellon University
Christian Kreibich, International Computer Science Institute
Christopher Kruegel, University of California, Santa Barbara
Neel Mehta, Google
Matt Miller, Microsoft
HD Moore, Rapid7
Vern Paxson, International Computer Science Institute and University of California, Berkeley
William Robertson, University of California, Berkeley
Progress in the field of computer security is driven by a symbiotic
relationship between our understandings of attack and of defense. The
USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies aims to bring together
researchers and practitioners in system security to present research
advancing the understanding of attacks on operating systems, networks,
Instructions for Authors
Computer security is unique among systems disciplines in that
practical details matter and concrete case studies keep the field
grounded in practice. WOOT provides a forum for high-quality,
peer-reviewed papers discussing tools and techniques for attack.
Submissions should reflect the state of the art in offensive computer
security technology, either surveying previously poorly known
areas or presenting entirely new attacks.
We are interested in work that could be presented at more traditional,
academic security forums, as well as more applied work that informs
the field about the state of security practice in offensive
A significant goal is producing published artifacts that will inform
future work in the field. Submissions will be peer-reviewed and
shepherded as appropriate.
Submission topics include:
- Vulnerability research (software auditing, reverse engineering)
- Penetration testing
- Exploit techniques and automation
- Network-based attacks (routing, DNS, IDS/IPS/firewall evasion)
- Reconnaissance (scanning, software, and hardware fingerprinting)
- Malware design and implementation (rootkits, viruses, bots, worms)
- Denial-of-service attacks
- Web and database security
- Weaknesses in deployed systems (VoIP, telephony, wireless, games)
- Practical cryptanalysis (hardware, DRM, etc.)
The presenters will be authors of accepted position
papers/presentations as well as invited guests. Each presenter will
have 25 minutes to present his or her idea. A limited number of
grants are available to assist presenters who might otherwise be unable
to attend the workshop. All papers will be available online to
registered attendees prior to the workshop and will be available
online to everyone beginning on the day of the workshop, August 9, 2010.
If your accepted paper should not be published prior to the event, please notify email@example.com.
Papers must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, May 31,
2010. This is a hard deadlineno extensions will be given.
Submissions should contain eight or fewer two-column pages, excluding
references and appendices titled as such, using 10 point type on 12 point
(single-spaced) leading, with the text block being no more than 6.5"
wide by 9" deep. Please number the pages. There is no limit on the
length of the appendices, but reviewers are not required to read them.
All submissions will be electronic and must be in either PDF
(preferred) or PostScript. Author names and affiliations should appear
on the title page. Submit papers using the Web form.
For industry researchers: Did you just give a cool talk at
SOURCE Boston? Got something interesting planned for Black Hat or
DEFCON? This is exactly the types of work we’d like to see at
WOOT. We would like WOOT to serve as a “best-of”
event, bringing work presented at industry conferences to a new
audience working in academic computer security. It will also give you
a chance to have your work reviewed along with suggestions and
comments from some of the best researchers in the world.
Invited talk submissions: We encourage authors of papers that
have already been published or accepted for publication at security
conferences or workshops with proceedings (and thus are ineligible for
submission to WOOT ’10 as research papers) but that will be of
interest to academic and industry researchers to submit invited talk
proposals for those papers. We intend to feature a substantial number
of such invited talks at WOOT ’10, again in the hope that WOOT
will serve as a “best-of” conference for recent research.
Be sure to select "invited talk proposal" in the submission system, to distinguish them from research paper submissions.
Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, or plagiarism constitutes dishonesty or fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical conferences and journals, prohibits these practices and may take action against authors who have committed them. See the USENIX Conference Submissions Policy for details.
(Work presented at industry conferences, such as Black Hat, is not
considered to have been “previously published” for the
purposes of WOOT ’10. We strongly encourage the submission of
such work to WOOT, particularly work that is well suited to a more
formal and complete treatment in a published, peer-reviewed setting.
In your submission, please do note any previous presentations of the work.)
Authors uncertain whether their submission meets USENIX’s
guidelines should contact the program co-chairs,
or the USENIX office,
Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be
considered. Accepted submissions will be treated as confidential prior
to publication on the USENIX WOOT ’10
rejected submissions will be permanently treated as confidential.