Markus Kuhn (computer scientist)

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Markus Kuhn
Born Markus Guenther Kuhn
1971 (age 46–47)[1]
Munich, West Germany
Alma mater
Known for EURion constellation
Scientific career
Fields

Computer science
Computer security
Tamper resistance[2]

[3][4][5][6][7]
Institutions
Thesis Compromising emanations: eavesdropping risks of computer displays (2002)
Doctoral advisor Ross J. Anderson[8]
Doctoral students Steven Murdoch[9]
Website cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25

Markus Guenther Kuhn (born 1971) is a German computer scientist, currently working at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.[10][11][12][13][14]

Education[edit]

Kuhn was educated at University of Erlangen (Germany), he received his Master of Science degree at Purdue University and PhD at the University of Cambridge.

Research[edit]

Kuhn's main research interests include computer security, in particular the hardware and signal-processing aspects of it, and distributed systems. He is known, among other things, for his work on security microcontrollers, compromising emanations, and distance-bounding protocols. He developed the Stirmark test for digital watermarking schemes, the OTPW one-time password system, and headed the project that extended the X11 misc-fixed fonts to Unicode.

In 1994, as an undergraduate student, he became known for developing several ways to circumvent the VideoCrypt encryption system, most notably the Season7 smartcard emulator.[15]

In 2002, he published a new method for eavesdropping CRT screens.[4]

In 2010 Kuhn was asked to analyse the ADE 651, a device used in Iraq that was said to be a bomb-detecting device; he found that it contained nothing but an anti-theft tag and said that it was "impossible" that the device could detect anything whatsoever.[16]

He is also known for some of his work on international standardisation, such as pioneering the introduction of Unicode/UTF-8 under Linux.[17]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 1987 and 1988, he won the German national computer-science contest,[18] and in 1989, he won a gold medal for the West German team at the International Olympiad in Informatics.[19][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/kuhn-da.pdf
  2. ^ Markus Kuhn author profile page at the ACM Digital Library
  3. ^ Kuhn, M. G. (1998). "Cipher instruction search attack on the bus-encryption security microcontroller DS5002FP". IEEE Transactions on Computers. 47 (10): 1153–1157. doi:10.1109/12.729797. 
  4. ^ a b Kuhn, M. G. (2002). "Optical time-domain eavesdropping risks of CRT displays". Proceedings 2002 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy. pp. 3–4. doi:10.1109/SECPRI.2002.1004358. ISBN 0-7695-1543-6. 
  5. ^ Hancke, G. P.; Kuhn, M. G. (2005). "An RFID Distance Bounding Protocol". First International Conference on Security and Privacy for Emerging Areas in Communications Networks (SECURECOMM'05). p. 67. doi:10.1109/SECURECOMM.2005.56. ISBN 0-7695-2369-2. 
  6. ^ Petitcolas, F. A. P.; Anderson, R. J.; Kuhn, M. G. (1999). "Information hiding-a survey". Proceedings of the IEEE. 87 (7): 1062. doi:10.1109/5.771065. 
  7. ^ Kuhn, M. G. (2011). "Compromising emanations of LCD TV sets". 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility. pp. 931–936. doi:10.1109/ISEMC.2011.6038442. ISBN 978-1-4577-0812-1. 
  8. ^ Markus Kuhn at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  9. ^ Murdoch, Steven James (2008). Covert channel vulnerabilities in anonymity systems (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. 
  10. ^ The Blue Book – "The Computer Laboratory: an Introduction", University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, Oct 2006 Archived 4 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Markus Kuhn publications indexed by Google Scholar
  12. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic
  13. ^ Markus G. Kuhn at DBLP Bibliography Server
  14. ^ Markus Kuhn's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier. (subscription required)
  15. ^ Markus Kuhn (19 June 1994). "MS-DOS Videocrypt smart card emulator". 
  16. ^ "Iraq backing for 'bomb detector'". BBC News. 24 January 2010. 
  17. ^ UTF-8 and Unicode FAQ for Unix/Linux
  18. ^ P. Heyderhoff: Bundeswettbewerb Informatik. Informatik Spektrum, Vol. 11, pp. 107–108, Springer-Verlag, 1988
  19. ^ P. Heyderhoff: Informatik-Olympiade. Informatik Spektrum, Vol. 12, p. 235, Springer-Verlag, 1989
  20. ^ Results of the IOI 1989 Archived 28 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine.