kun sunDr. Kun Sun
Associate Professor, IST
Chief Scientist of CSIS
Director of SunLab
George Mason University

E-Mail:  ksun3@gmu.edu
Phone:  (703) 993-1715
Fax:    (703) 993-4776
Address: Research Hall, Suite 417
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030-4422
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Dr. Kun Sun is an associate professor in George Mason University. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from North Carolina State University. His research focuses on systems and network security. Dr. Sun has more than 15 years working experience in both industry and academia, and serves as the Chief Scientist of the Center for Systems and Information Security (CSIS) and the director of the Sun Security Laboratory (SunLab), which is continuously hiring self-motivated undergraduate and graduate students who have research interests on information security, operating system, and computer networks. Send me your CV.


What's New?
  • [PostDoc] Two post-doctoral researchers position available. Please send me your CV if interested.
  • [ACSAC18] One paper titled "A Measurement Study on Linux Container Security: Attacks and Countermeasures" has been conditionally accepted by ACSAC 2018 (acceptance rate: 20.1%).
  • [NSF award] Received a funding award from NSF titled "SaTC: TTP: Small: Enhancing Container Security via Fine-Grained System Resource Constraints". Dr. Sun is PI.
  • [NSF award] Received a funding award from NSF titled "Phase II IUCRC George Mason University: Center for Cybersecurity Analytics and Automation CCAA". Dr. Sun is co-PI.
  • [NSF award] Received a funding award from NSF titled "Visioning Workshop on Programmable Security in a Software-Defined World".
  • [NSF Workshop] Co-chaired an NSF workshop titled "Community-Building Workshop on Programmable System Security in a Software Defined World" at George Mason University. This workshop is sponsored by NSF CISE.
  • [ICDCS18] One conference paper titled "CADET: Investigating a Collaborative and Distributed Entropy Transfer Protocol" is accpeted by ICDCS 2018. Congratulations to Kyle Wallace.
  • [TIFS18] One jounral paper on trusted computing titled "Memory Forensic Challenges under Misused Architectural Features" is accepted by TIFS. Congratulations to Ning Zhang.
  • [INFOCOM18] Two conference papers titled "TruSense: Information Leakage from TrustZone" and "Email as a Master Key: Analyzing Account Recovery in the Wild" being accepted by INFOCOM 2018. Congratulations to Ning Zhang and Yue Li.
Research Interests
  • Cyber Deception/Moving Target Defense: Against the experts in defense, the enemy does not know where to attack.  -- SunTzu
  • Trusted Computing: hardware-assisted TEE (e.g., TrustZone/SGX/SMM)
  • Software security: vulnerability identification and reduction; container security; SDN security
Students

Current PhD Students:

  • Yue Li, PhD (Expected 2019, Co-advised with Prof. Haining Wang)
  • Jianhua Sun, PhD (Expected 2019)
  • Shengye Wan, PhD (Expected 2020)
  • Songsong Liu, PhD
  • Xinda Wang, PhD
  • Shu Wang, PhD

Past PhD Students:

  • Kyle Wallace, PhD (2018, Co-advised with Prof. Gang Zhou)
Teaching
  • AIT 682 Network and Systems Security (Fall 2018, Fall 2017)
  • CYSE 411/AIT 681Secure Software Engineering (Spring 2018)
  • CYSE 411 Secure Software Engineering (Spring 2017)
  • CSCI 454/554 Computer and Network Security (Spring 2015, Spring 2016)
  • CSCI 680 Advanced System and Network Security (Fall 2015)
  • CSCI 780 Advanced Network Security (Fall 2014)
Professional Services
  • TPC Member: INFOCOM 2016-2019, SecureComm 2016/2017/2018, CCS 2015/2016/2017, CNS 2014/2016/2017/2018, DAC 2017, DSN 2017, ICC 2015/2016/2017, MTD 2015-2018.
  • Workshop Co-chair: NSF SPS, 2018
  • Workshop Co-chair: IEEE CNS, 2018.
  • TPC Co-Chair: First ACM Workshop on Moving Target Defense (MTD 2014), in conjunction with ACM CCS 2014.
Recent Publications (Selected Publications)
  • [ACSAC18] Xin Lin, Yuewu Wang, Lingguang Lei, Jiwu Jing, Kun Sun, and Quan Zhou. "A Measurement Study on Linux Container Security: Attacks and Countermeasures". To appear in 2018 Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), San Juan, Puerto Rico, December 3-7, 2018.
  • [ICDCS18] Kyle Wallace, Gang Zhou and Kun Sun. "CADET: Investigating a Collaborative and Distributed Entropy Transfer Protocol". To appear in the 38th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS), July 2 - 5, 2018, Vienna, Austria.
  • [INFOCOM18] Ning Zhang, Kun Sun, Deborah Shands, Wenjing Lou, and Thomas Hou. "TruSense: Information Leakage from TrustZon." To appear in IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), Honolulu, HI, April 15-19, 2018.
  • [INFOCOM18] Yue Li, Haining Wang, and Kun Sun. "Email as a Master Key: Analyzing Account Recovery in the Wild." To appear in IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), Honolulu, HI, April 15-19, 2018.
  • [CCS17] Lingguang Lei, Yi He, Kun Sun, Jiwu Jing, Yuewu Wang, Qi Li, and Jian Weng. "Vulnerable Implicit Service: A Revisit". To appear in the 24nd ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), Dallas, Texas, October 30-November 3, 2017. (Acceptance ratio: 18%=151/836)
  • [TIFS17] Yue Li, Haining Wang, and Kun Sun. "Personal Information in Passwords and Its Security Implications". In IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS), Volume 12, Issue 10, page 2320-2333, Oct. 2017.
  • [DIMVA17] Lingguang Lei, Jianhua Sun, Kun Sun, Chris Shenefiel, Rui Ma, Yuewu Wang, and Qi Li. "SPEAKER: Split-Phase Execution of Application Containers. " To appear in the 14th Conference on Detection of Intrusions and Malware & Vulnerability Assessment (DIMVA '17), Bonn, Germany, July 6-7. 2017. (Acceptance ratio: 26.86%=18/67)
  • [DSN17] Yacong Gu, Kun Sun, Purui Su, Qi Li, Yemian Lu, Lingyun Ying, and Denguo Feng. "JGRE: An Analysis of JNI Global Reference Exhaustion Vulnerabilities in Android ." To appear in the 47th Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), Denver, CO, June 26-29, 2017. (Acceptance ratio: 22.27%=49/220)
  • [S&P16] Ning Zhang, Kun Sun, Wenjing Lou, and Tom Hou. "CaSE: Cache-Assisted Secure Execution on ARM Processors." To appear in the 37th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P), SAN JOSE, CA, MAY 23-25, 2016. (Acceptance ratio: 13.75%=55/400)
  • [EuroS&P16] Ning Zhang, He Sun, Kun Sun, Wenjing Lou, and Thomas Hou. "CacheKit: Evading Memory Introspection Using Cache Incoherence". To appear in the 1st IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy (EuroS&P), Saarbrucken, GERMANY, on March 21-24, 2016. (Acceptance ratio: 17.26%=29/168)
  • [TIFS15] He Sun, Kun Sun, Yuewu Wang, and Jiwu Jing. "Reliable and Trustworthy Memory Acquisition on Smartphones". In IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS), vol.10, no.12, pp.2547-2561, Dec. 2015.
  • [CCS15] He Sun, Kun Sun, Yuewu Wang, and Jiwu Jing. "TrustOTP: Transforming Smartphones into Secure One-Time Password Tokens". To appear in the 22nd ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), Denver, Colorado, October 12-16, 2015. (Acceptance ratio: 19.81%=128/646)
  • [DSN15] He Sun, Kun Sun, Yuewu Wang, Jiwu Jing, and Haining Wang. "TrustICE: Hardware-assisted Isolated Computing Environments on Mobile Devices". To appear in the 45th Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 22-25, 2015. (Acceptance ratio: 21.83%=50/229)
  • [S&P15] Fengwei Zhang, Kevin Leach, Angelos Stavrou, Haining Wang, and Kun Sun. "Using Hardware Features for Increased Debugging Transparency". To appear in the 36th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P), Fairmont, San Jose, CA, May 18-20, 2015. (Acceptance ratio:13.51%=55/407)
  • [NDSS15] Xueqiang Wang, Kun Sun, Yuewu Wang, and Jiwu Jing. "DeepDroid: Dynamically Enforcing Enterprise Policy on Android Devices", In the Proceedings of 2015 Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), San Diego, CA, February 8-11, 2015. (Acceptance ratio: 16.88%=51/302)