This workshop is a (mandatory!) part of the Network Security lecture held in the winter term 2018/2019. Subject of the workshop are all topics covered in the first chapter "Physical- & Link-Layer Security":

  • Jamming: Attacks, Detection, Mitigation
  • WiFi (IEEE 802.11): Problems, Attacks, State-of-the-art
  • Cellular networks: GSM, LTE
  • Cyber-physical Systems: PKES, ADS-B
  • Countermeasures: Secure Location Verification, Distance Bounding


The workshop is organised in a typical computer science research conference manner. It consists of three phases:

  1. Submission phase: Students submit their contributions (here: in form of essays) to the conference. Each essay must be written in a group of three students. Therefore, you need to find two peers for your group. In case you do not know any other attendees, you will have the opportunity to find a group in the lecture. Please read the submission guidelines (below) carefully!
  2. Review phase: After the submission deadline below has passed, all submissions will be reviewed and rated by members of the program committee. For this workshop, the program committee consists of all authors, that is, you. This means, that you have to read, comment, and rate three essays from other students. The submission and reviewing process is double-blind, which means that neither the authors know the reviewers, nor do the reviewers know the authors.
  3. Revision phase: Once the deadline for reviews has passed, we hand out the (anonymous) reviews to the authors of the essays. The authors will then have to revise their essay based on the comments of the reviewers. After processing the reviews and updating the essays, the groups have to re-submit their works and the reviewers have to adjust their ratings.

After the third phase, we will take the best essays (according to their ratings) and publish them on the lecture's website in form of a workshop proceedings. As already mentioned in the lecture, the successful participation in this workshop (including all three phases) is mandatory and a formal prerequisite to the exam. Successful participation means that the final rating of your essay must be at least 0 (on a Likert scale).


Note: These deadlines are hard deadlines! Missing them results in an immediate exclusion from the workshop and loss of admission. So make sure you are well-organised.

Essay submission: Wednesday, 15.01.2020 (23:59)
Reviews: Wednesday, 29.01.2020 (23:59)
Final version: Wednesday, 05.02.2020 (23:59)

Submission Guidelines

In order to be accepted for the review process, your essay must strictly conform with the following regulations. Violations will result in exclusion from the workshop and thus, exclusion from the NetSec exam. So please read the following instructions carefully and make sure your essay complies with the submission guidelines.

  • The number of authors is limited to at most three authors per essay. We prefer groups of three, however, smaller groups are possible under special circumstances. Organisation of group members and group-internal division of work is at your own responsibility. If you do not find any group mates, ask This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or during the lecture.
  • The essays will be reviewed in double-blind mode. They must be submitted in a form suitable for anonymous review: no author names may appear on the title page, and papers should avoid revealing their identity in the text. Contact the program chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions. Papers that are not properly anonymised may be rejected without review. Please note that only the essay itself, not the registration at easychair (see below) must be anonymised. Since students from other groups may be your reviewer in the review process, it is strongly recommended not to reveal your topic other groups or students outside the lecture to obtain unbiased reviews.
  • The length of the essay must be at least 2 pages per author and at least 3 pages in total. So if you plan to write your essay alone, you will have to write more. Your essay should consist of at least 66% text. That means that figures and tables combined should not occupy more than 1/3rd of the available space.
  • Essays must be written using the LaTeX markup language. Knowing LaTeX is a key skill in the academic world. If you are not familiar with LaTeX yet, there is plenty of documentation and examples available online. As common for international research conferences, essays must be formatted for US letter (not A4) size paper. The text must be formatted in a two-column layout, with columns no more than 9.5 inches tall and 3.5 inches wide. The text must be in Times font, 10-point, with 11-point or 12-point line spacing. Authors are strongly encouraged to use the IEEE conference proceedings templates. Its default settings when using \documentclass[10pt, conference, letterpaper]{IEEEtran} are accepted.
  • Submissions must be in Portable Document Format (.pdf). Authors should pay special attention to unusual fonts, images, and figures that might create problems for reviewers. Your document should render correctly in Adobe Reader 9 and when printed in black and white.
  • We expect every student to use at least 2 references. Use the bibliography of the NetSec slides (last set of slides) or search engines like Google Scholar to find literature on your topic. That means, if you are writing your essay in a group of three students, your essay should list at least 6 references. Use e.g. BibTeX for referencing.
  • Plagiarism in any form is unacceptable and is considered a serious breach of professional conduct. If you refer to information from other sources directly or indirectly, indicate the original source carefully using references. We will use plagiarism detection tools, so make sure you do not copy without referencing the source. For referencing and bibliography examples, please check e.g. the papers referenced in the NetSec lecture. It is again strongly recommended to use the IEEE bibliography style as shown here. This style is common for computer science papers.
  • Essays must be submitted at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=phylisec19 and may be updated at any time until the submission deadline (see above). On registration, EasyChair requires you to enter your home address. If you feel uncomfortable with providing your data to EasyChair (although it is a reputable platform), just use the address of TU Kaiserslautern instead of your private one.
  • Fairness: In case one of your group mates does not deliver her/his part of the essay, do not hesitate to omit the name when registering the essay on the submission platform. To keep this exercise fair, you do not have to do the work for lazy group mates. Work should be evenly distributed to all group members. For instance, if only two of the three group members are actually doing the work, enter only these two names on EasyChair. Also the required number of pages is then reduced accordingly to 4 (or 3 if only one is doing all the work).




Send me a pre version of the project report until Friday March 6th.

The presentation will be on Monday March 9th at 8:30 in the morning in our seminar room (36.438).

Send the final version of the project report until March 16th.


M.Sc. Eric Jedermann


This year's project will be about Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) security. BLE is a part of the Bluetooth communication technology, designed for embedded devices with local connectivity and low data rates.

Many "smart" devices, available in every tech-market, are controllable via BLE. Often the security of those devices is insufficient. We plan to get some of these devices, analyze their security, create an application to control the device and break the security.

 Official module entry: [89-4245] INF-42-45-L-6

Schedule and Slides

Class time Title Slides Last Updated
Nov 12, 5.15pm (36-438) Kickoff Meeting kick-off 14.11.19
5th December, 5.15pm (36-438) Phase 2 (get the BLE device) PDF 9.12.19
16th January, 5.15pm (36-438) Phase 3 (attack & report) PDF  16.1.2020




Every group examined an individual BLE device and has written a report about their experiments. Every report introduces the examined device and the public available vendor app. In the next step every group created their own application to access the BLE device. Then they used their gained knowledge to analyze the security of the device and perform attacks against it. Three devices were examined:

The reports are accessible from inside the university.


  • Programming knowledge is required (we will use Android Studio Java/Kotlin).
  • Lecture "Communication systems" is required.
  • Lecture "Network security" is recommended.
  • ... You should be interested in security.


It will be a group project. It is planned to have group sizes of 2 to 4 people.

Recommended Readings








New slides online (Feb 12)


written in the morning of March 23, 2020
(gilt nicht für "Grundlagen der (Internet)Datensicherheit")


Wednesdays, 11:45-13:15 in room 01-006


Matthias Schäfer
Eric Jedermann
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Course Overview

This course covers aspects and principles of network security. Based on many attacks on common technologies used in communication systems, this course illustrates how things can go wrong and provides basic measures to protect a network from mistakes committed in the past. It covers furthermore the fundamental concepts of security and security problems.

Areas covered in this lecture:

  • Physical and Link Layer Security
  • Network Layer Security
  • Transport Layer Security
  • Application Layer Security

Please note that it is strongly recommended to attend communication systems first since it provides the background knowledge for this lecture.


The exercises will be split into three parts: a workshop and two network hack challenges. Successful participation in all three parts is a mandatory admission requirement for the final exam.

Please refer to the website of the physical- and link-layer workshop for the first exercise.

Please refer to the website of the first hack challenge for the second exercise.

The second hack challenge has started. You should have received all instructions via email.


The slides are accessible only from within the university network (131.246.*). Please use SSH or VPN for remote access.

Title Last Update
Organization 30.10.2019 PDF
Introduction 30.10.2019 PDF
Physical- & Link Layer 16.02.2019 PDF
Network Layer 06.01.2020 PDF
Application Layer 16.02.2020 PDF



Uploaded network analysis pptx-file.


Oral exams are conducted on March 3 and April 20. In order to register for them, please contact our secretary Mrs. Gerber (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., room 36-430)


Mondays, 10:00-11:30 in room 36-438 (seminar room)


Mondays, 13:45-15:15 in room 36-438 (will always be announced)


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Schmitt
M.Sc. Paul Nikolaus
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Course Overview

The objective of this lecture is to introduce the art of performance-related modeling of distributed systems. We will use worst-case assumptions in order to obtain robust results.

Lecture Slides

The lecture material is only accessible from within the university network (131.246.*). Please use SSH or VPN for remote access. 

Chapter Title Last Update Slides
0  Organization Oct 29, 2019 PDF
1  Introduction Oct 30, 2019 PDF
2 Min-Plus Algebra Primer Nov 18, 2019 PDF  annotated
3 Network Calculus Basics Jan 13, 2020 PDF  annotated  one_slide_to_rule
4 Advanced Network Calculus Feb 03, 2020 PDF  annotated  network_analysis


We will provide a script in the further course. Be aware that it might undergo many changes and hence should never be seen as a "final version".

Last Update Changelog Script
Feb 10, 2020 Fixed Equation (2.12)  PDF


The exercise sheets are only accessible from within the university network (131.246.*). You can use SSH or VPN for remote access.

Sheet Day Submission Deadline Exercise Download
1 Nov 18, 2019 Submission is optional 13:45 PDF
2 Dec 16, 2019 9.59am 13:45 PDF  data_set
3 Jan 13, 2020 9.59am 13:45 PDF
4 Feb 10, 2020 9.59am 13:45 PDF



  • Jean-Yves Le Boudec, Patrick Thiran. Network Calculus. Springer, 2001. (Also →available online)
  • Cheng-Shang Chang, Performance Guarantees in Communication Networks. Springer, 2000.
  • Anne Bouillard, Marc Boyer, and Euriell Le Corronc. Deterministic Network Calculus: From Theory to Practical Implementation. John Wiley & Sons, 2018.
  • Jörg Liebeherr. Duality of the Max-Plus and Min-Plus Network Calculus. Foundations and Trends® in Networking 11, 2017.




The last lecture takes place on Tuesday 11th February 2020.

The exercise on Thursday 13th February will be a question and answer session.


Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30, in room 13-222


Thursday, 15:30 - 17:00, in room 36-438


Oral exams are conducted on February 20 and April 21. In order to register for them, please contact our secretary Mrs. Gerber (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., room 36-430)


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Schmitt
M.Sc. Eric Jedermann
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Course Overview

This course gives an introduction to secure communication in computer networks. Topics covered in this lecture include:

  • history of secure communication
  • symmetric cryptography: DES, 3DES, AES
  • asymmetric cryptography: RSA, Diffie-Hellman, El Gamal
  • hash functions: MD5, SHA1, SHA2, SHA3
  • cryptographic protocols: Secret Sharing, Needham-Schroeder, Kerberos, X.509
  • other security relevant topics: random number generation, birthday problem


The slides are accessible only from within the university network (131.246.*). Please use SSH or VPN for remote access.

Chapter Title Slides Last Updated
0 Organization PDF 29.08.2019
1 Introduction PDF 29.08.2019
2 Symmetric Crypto PDFa, PDFb, PDFc 19.11.2019
3 Asymmetric Crypto PDF 26.11.2019
4 Modification Check Values PDFa, PDFb 16.12.2019
5 Cryptographic Protocols PDF 03.01.2020
6 Post Quantum Cryptography PDF 11.02.2020
7 Real World Protocols PDF 11.02.2020


  • The nice and comprehensive Handbook of Applied Cryptography by Menezes, van Oorschot and Vanstone is available online for free and can be found here.
  • An extra course about cryptography can be found here.
  • A illustrative video about the discrete logarithm problem.
  • ECC Visualization (java)
  • An example of differential Cryptanalysis can be found here.
  • An example of a MD5-collistion with two images can be found here.


The exercise sheets are accessible only from within the university network (131.246.*). Please use SSH or VPN for remote access.

Published Covered Topics Exercise date Download
Last Updated
04.11.2019  Basics, Feistel Network, Monoalphabetic Cipher 14.11.2019  exercise1 solution1 14.11.2019
19.11.2019 DES, differential cryptanalysis, modes of operation 28.11.2019 exercise2 solution2 19.11.2019
09.12.2019 Chinese Remainder Theorem, RSA, Diffie-Hellmann 19.12.2019 exercise3 solution3 09.12.2019
03.01.2020 ElGamal, Elliptic Curve Crypto, Hash Functions 16.01.2020 exercise4 solution4 22.01.2020
21.01.2020 Enitity Authentication, Secret Sharing, Fair Coin Tossing 30.01.2020 exercise5 solution5 21.01.2020




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