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Yousra Aafer


Postdoctoral Researcher

Purdue University


Email: yaafer (at) purdue (dot) edu
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ABOUT

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the department of Computer Science at Purdue University under the supervision of Prof. Xiangyu Zhang. My research interests span the areas of systems security and software engineering, specifically focusing on mobile and smart devices security.
I received my Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Syracuse University and was advised by Prof. Wenliang Du. My previous research mainly tackled Android security.

PUBLICATIONS




CCS '18
Precise Android API Protection Mapping Derivation and Reasoning
Y. Aafer, G. Tao, J. Huang, X. Zhang and N. Li
To appear in the Proceedings of the Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), 2018

 

CCS '18
Detecting Attacks Against Robotic Vehicles: A Control Invariant Approach
H. Choi, W. Lee, Y. Aafer, F. Fei, Z. Tu, X. Zhang, D. Xu, X. Deng
To appear in the Proceedings of the Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), 2018

 

ASE '18
Dual-force: understanding webview malware via cross-language forced execution
Z. Tang, J. Zhai, M. Pan, Y. Aafer, S. Ma, and X. Zhang
To appear in the Proceedings of the Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), 2018

 

NDSS '18
AceDroid: Normalizing Diverse Android Access Control Checks for Inconsistency Detection
Y. Aafer, J. Huang, Y. Sun, X. Zhang, N. Li and C. Tian.
In Proceedings of the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), 2018.

 

NDSS '18
Trojaning Attack on Neural Networks
Y. Lui, S. Ma, Y. Aafer, W. Lee, J. Zhai, W. Wang and X. Zhang.
In Proceedings of the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), 2018.

 

WWW '18
AdBudgetKiller: Online Advertising Budget Draining Attack
I. Kim, W. Wang, Y. Kwon, Y. Zheng, Y. Aafer, W. Meng and X. Zhang
In The Web Conference (WWW), 2018

 

ACSAC '17
Analysis of SEAndroid Policies: Combining MAC and DAC in Android
H. Chen, N. Li, W. Enck, Y. Aafer and X. Zhang
In Proceedings of the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), 2017

 

ASE '17
UI Driven Android Application Reduction
J. Huang, Y. Aafer, D. Perry, X. Zhang and C. Tian.
In Proceedings of the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE), 2017

 

ASE '17
PAD: Programming Third-party Web Advertisement Censorship
W. Wang, Y. Kwon, Y. Zheng, Y. Aafer, I. Kim, W. Lee, Y. Liu, W. Meng, X. Zhang and P. Eugster
In Proceedings of the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE), 2017

 

FSE '17
LAMP: Data Provenance for Graph Based Machine Learning Algorithms through Derivative Computation.
S. Ma, Y. Aafer, Z. Xu, W. Lee, J. Zhai, Y. Liu, and X. Zhang
In Proceedings of the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE), 2017.

 

ESORICS '16
Hey, You, Get Off My Image. Detecting Data Residue in Android Images.
X. Zhang, Y. Aafer, K. Ying, and W. Du.
In Proceedings of the European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS), 2016.

 

USENIX SEC '16
Harvesting Inconsistent Security Configurations in Custom Android ROMs
Y. Aafer, X. Zhang, and W. Du.
In Proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security), 2016.

 

NDSS '16
Life after App Uninstallation: Are the Data Still Alive? Data Residue Attacks on Android
X. Zhang, K. Ying, Y. Aafer, Z. Qiu, and W. Du.
In Proceedings of the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), 2016.

 

CCS '15
Hare Hunting in the Wild Android: A Study on the Threat of Hanging Attribute References.
Y. Aafer, N. Zhang, Z. Zhang, X. Zhang, K. Chen, X. Wang, X. Zhou, W. Du, and M. Grace
In Proceedings of the Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), 2015.

 

MoST '14
A Systematic Security Evaluation of Android’s Multi-User Framework
P. Ratazzi, Y. Aafer, A. Ahlawat, H. Hao, Y. Wang, and W. Du.
In Proceedings of the Mobile Security Technologies (MoST) workshop, 2014.

 

SecureComm '13
DroidAPIMiner: Mining API-Level Features for Robust Malware Detection in Android
Y. Aafer, W. Du, and H. Yin
In Proceedings of the International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks (SecureComm), 2013.

 



EXPERIENCE


Research Intern
Samsung Research America

Software Developer Intern
Microsoft


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