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4th Program Protection and Reverse Engineering
ACM ICPSWorkshop (PPREW-4)

Hyatt French Quarter, New Orleans, LA
December 9, 2014
Collocated with ACSAC 2014

Call for Papers

Downloadable CFP

Topics for the workshop can cover a wide variety of tools, techniques, and methodologies related to security aspects of software and hardware systems, with particular focus on subversion/exploitation or protection of program integrity, confidentiality, authorization, and intellectual property. Ongoing work with preliminary results, theoretical approaches, tool-based methods, and empirical studies on various methods are all appropriate for submission. Papers can address studies on hardware/circuit based methods or software/assembly based mechanisms. We expect the workshop to provide exchange of ideas and support for cooperative relationships among researchers in industry, academia, and government.

Topics can include:

  • Obfuscation / deobfuscation
  • Tamper-proofing
  • Hardware-based protection
  • Side channel analysis vulnerabilities
  • Theoretical analysis frameworks:
    • Abstract Interpretation
    • Homomorphic Encryption
    • Term Rewriting Systems
    • Machine Learning
    • Large Scale Boolean Matching
  • Software watermarking
  • Digital fingerprinting
  • Reverse engineering tools / techniques
  • Program / circuit slicing
  • Component / functional Identification
  • Source code (static/dynamic) analysis
  • Information hiding and discovery
  • Virtualization for protection and/or analysis
  • Forensic and anti-forensic protection
  • Moving target and active cyber defense

Papers must describe original work, be written and presented in English, and must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with refereed proceedings.

Submission Guidelines

Original, unpublished manuscripts of up to 12-pages including figures and references must follow the ACM SIG proceedings format. All submissions must be in PDF and paper templates are available for LaTeX and Word at: http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates.

Authors should apply ACM Computing Classification categories and terms. The templates provide space for this indexing and authors should refer to the Computing Classification Scheme at: http://www.acm.org/about/class/1998

Submitted papers must adhere to the ACM Copyright Policy and the ACM Policy on Plagiarism. Concurrent submissions to other conferences, workshops, journals, or similar forums of publication are not allowed. Submissions that do not meet these guidelines may not be considered.

The URL for submission of papers is through Easy Chair.


For accepted papers, at least one author must register for, attend, and make a presentation at PPREW in order for the paper to appear in the workshop proceedings. Proceedings will be published through ACM International Conference Publication Series (ICPS) and will appear in the ACM Digital Library.

To expedite publication of accepted papers in the workshop proceedings, camera ready papers should have the following properties:

  • PDFs should be optimized for fast web viewing.
  • PDFs should Include the rights management statement and bibliographic strip on the bottom of the first page left column. The specific wording of this statement is emailed directly to the authors of accepted papers through the ACM Rights Management System.
  • All fonts in the PDF must be Type 1 fonts (scalable), not Type 3 (bit-mapped).
  • All fonts MUST be embedded within the PDF file.

Documentation on how to embed fonts is provided by ACM. Authors should download and use the ACM Digital Library optimal distiller settings file, ACM.joboptions.