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 Secure Information Systems (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.


What's New?
  • Congratualations to Dr. Jianhua Sun who successfully defended his Phd thesis in July 2019. He will join Facebook.
  • [ESORICS19] One paper titled "OCRAM-assisted Sensitive Data Protection on ARM-based Platform" accepted by ESORICS 2019.
  • [Student Travel Grants] Jiahao Cao receives student travel grant from Usenix Security 2019. Xinda Wang and Shengye Wan receive student travel grants from DSN 2019.
  • [DSN TPC] Invited to serve in the TPC of DSN 2020.
  • [SecureComm19] Two papers titled "Automated IoT Device Fingerprinting Through Encrypted Stream Classification" and "Covert Channels in SDN: Leaking Out Information from Controllers to End Hosts" accpeted by SecureComm 2019. Congratulations to Jianhua Sun and Jiahao Cao.
  • [RAID19] One paper titled "Fingerprinting SDN Applications via Encrypted Control Traffic" accepted by RAID 2019. Congratulations to Jiahao Cao.
  • [NDSS TPC] Invited to serve in the TPC of NDSS 2020.
  • [ACSAC TPC] Invited to serve in the TPC of ACSAC 2019.
  • [DSN19] One paper titled "SATIN: A Secure and Trustworthy Asynchronous Introspection on Multi-Core ARM Processors" accepted by DSN 2019. Congratulations to Shengye Wan and Jianhua Sun.
  • [DSN19] One paper titled "Detecting "0-Day" Vulnerability: An Empirical Study of Secret Security Patch in OSS (short paper)" accepted by DSN 2019. Congratulations to Xinda Wang.
  • [USENIX Security19] One paper titled "The CrossPath Attack: Disrupting the SDN Control Channel via Shared Links" accepted by USENIX Security19. Congratulations to Jiahao Cao.
  • [CCS TPC] Invited to serve in the TPC of CCS 2019.
  • [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.
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: Android security; container security; SDN security
  • IoT Security: vehicle network security, smart home security
Students

Current PhD Students:

  • Shengye Wan, PhD (Expected 2020)
  • Songsong Liu, PhD
  • Xinda Wang, PhD
  • Shu Wang, PhD
  • Xu He, PhD
  • Jiahao Cao, Visiting PhD (Tsinghua University)
  • Jie Wang, Visiting PhD (CAS)

Former PhD Students:

  • Jianhua Sun, PhD (2019), Facebook
  • Yue Li, PhD (2019, co-advised with Prof. Haining Wang), Facebook.
  • Kyle Wallace, PhD (2018, co-advised with Prof. Gang Zhou), MITRE
Teaching
  • AIT 682 Network and Systems Security (Fall 2017/2018/2019, GMU)
  • AIT 681Secure Software Engineering (Spring 2019, GMU)
  • CYSE 411/AIT 681Secure Software Engineering (Spring 2018, GMU)
  • CYSE 411 Secure Software Engineering (Spring 2017, GMU)
  • CSCI 454/554 Computer and Network Security (Spring 2015/2016, W&M)
  • CSCI 680 Advanced System and Network Security (Fall 2015, W&M)
  • CSCI 780 Advanced Network Security (Fall 2014, W&M)
Professional Services
  • NSF Panelist 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019 (2).
  • Geneal Chair: SecureComm 2020.
  • TPC Co-Chair: SciSec, 2020.
  • TPC Member: NDSS 2020, CCS 2015-2017/2019, DSN 2017/2020, ACSAC 2019, INFOCOM 2016-2020, MTD 2015-2020, ICDCS 2019, SecureComm 2016-2018, ICICS 2018-2019, CNS 2014/2016-2019, ICC 2015-2019.
  • Travel Grant Chair: RAID 2019.
  • 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)
  • [ESORICS19] Lingguang Lei, Yuewu Wang, Dawei Chu, Yanchu Li, Jiwu Jing, and Kun Sun. "OCRAM-assisted Sensitive Data Protection on ARM-based Platform". To appear in the European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS19), Luxembourg, September, 23-27, 2019. (Acceptance ratio: 19.5%=67/344)
  • [RAID19] Jiahao Cao, Zijie Yang, Kun Sun, Qi Li, Mingwei Xu, and Peiyi Han. "Fingerprinting SDN Applications via Encrypted Control Traffic." To appear in the 22nd International Symposium on Research in Attacks, Intrusions and Defenses (RAID 2019), Beijing, China, September 23-25, 2019. (Acceptance ratio: 22.28%=37/166)
  • [DSN19] Shengye Wan, Jianhua Sun, Kun Sun, Ning Zhang, and Qi Li. "SATIN: A Secure and Trustworthy Asynchronous Introspection on Multi-Core ARM Processors". To appear in the 49th Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), Portland, Oregon, June 24-27, 2019. (Acceptance ratio: 21.40%=54/252)
  • [DSN19] Xinda Wang, Kun Sun, Archer Batcheller, and Sushil Jajodia. "Detecting "0-Day" Vulnerability: An Empirical Study of Secret Security Patch in OSS (short paper)". To appear in the 49th Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), Portland, Oregon, June 24-27, 2019. (Acceptance ratio: 21.40%=54/252)
  • [USENIX Security19] Jiahao Cao, Qi Li, Renjie Xie, Kun Sun, Guofei Gu, Mingwei Xu, and Yuan Yang. "The CrossPath Attack: Disrupting the SDN Control Channel via Shared Links". To appear in 28th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security'19), Santa Clara, CA, August 14-16, 2019.
  • [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 TrustZone." 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)
  • [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)
  • [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)