FOSDEM 2012, Hardware Security and Cryptography, Call for Papers

Бранко Мајић branko at
Tue Jan 10 09:45:31 CET 2012

AKA "Protect your privates!"

FOSDEM 2012 will [1] take place in Brussels, the heart of EU. In 2012,
as almost all EU countries have either ongoing rollouts of national eID
cards or are planning it, many people will find yet another smartcard
in their wallet. Cards that don't contain virtual credit but private
keys and certificates that can be used for many purposes in the online
world. FOSS has an important role in the overall eID infrastructure,
either on the server side inside Apache's mod_ssl, on the client
computer inside Firefox as OpenSC PKCS#11 module or hidden in the
infrastructure, issuing the certificates from an EJBCA server, which is
administered over SSH.

Security in the online world matters and one the most common tools for
it is cryptography and PKI. The chain is as strong as its weakest link
and for PKI, the security of private keys matters. The integrated and
widespread nature of PKI implementation makes it difficult to get it
perfect, but one must not stop trying.

Do you develop software that can do HTTPS queries? Can it use keys and
certificates on a smart card? Does your service use RSA keys for
signing? Can it work with hardware keys? Are you interested in
protecting your private keys like Three Letter Organizations or do you
want to roll your own proper PKI with a smaller than five or six digit
budget? How can we make cryptographic hardware Just Work with any
application that uses crypto? The devroom is the place to share
experiences and learn.

This is a call for talks and presentations that will take place in the
Security devroom at FOSDEM 2012.

Security / hardware crytpo devroom will take place on Saturday,
04.02.2012. The exact room still hasn't been specified by the
organisers. The workshop should take place on Sunday, 05.02.2012, and
should include demonstration and hacking sessions. The expected
audience will range from crypto library developers to desktop GUI
creators, from hardware driver makers to business software providers.
Two main themes are cross-application (hardware) interoperability and
user awareness/education, but if you have anything interesting to share
that deals with security or cryptography, don't be bounded by the main
topic. Don't be limited with a traditional "presentation and questions"
format, hands-on workshop format is also welcome.


1. Subscribe to security-devroom at [2]

2. Send a short talk description, its duration, your bio/affiliation
and contact information to the list and/or add it directly to the
OpenSC wiki [3].

   a) There are 5 up to 1 hour slots (with 10 minutes for Q&A and 5
   minutes for organizational time included, so 45 minutes max for a

   b) You don't have to fill the entire slot, 30 minute slots with
   ~20+5+5 minutes format are also OK

   c) FOSDEM is for FOSS developers, keep this in mind when planning
   your talk.

3. The deadline for submissions is 20.01.2012 23:00 UTC

4. The final schedule for the day will be fixed no later than

5. If there will be more submissions than there are time slots, then:

   a) you may be asked to jam your presentation into a shorter (20
   minutes) format

   b) the final list will be fixed by subscribers of
   security-devroom at list

Please forward this announcement to any relevant FOSS project mailing
lists you're subscribed to.



Branko Majic
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