Dr. Matthias Wachs

Research Associate
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Postal address

  • Institut für Informatik der
  • Technischen Universität München
  • Lehrstuhl I8
  • Boltzmannstr. 3
  • 85748 Garching bei München - Germany


  • Tel: +49 89 289 - 18037
  • Fax: +49 89 289 - 18033
  • e-Mail: matthias.wachsAttum.de
    (GPG: 4594 6915 BA9B 3886 A7A5 91E0 271E D86D 6F53 AD12)
  • Building/Room: MI Building, 03.05.042


  • Network and communication security
  • Architectures for future communication platforms
  • Security in today's Internet
  • Secure, resilient and privacy-preserving communication
  • Name services, directory services and public key infrastructures
  • Network Analysis, intrusion and anomaly detection

My Erdős number is 5

Research projects

  • TUM User Certification and Secure E-Mail
  • OpenLab-Eclectic

Supervised Theses

In progress

Student Title Type Advisors Links
Moritz Kellermann Email in the Wild - Analyzing Email Security on the Internet BA Matthias Wachs
Stefan Fochler DANE in the Wild - Analyzing DANE Deployment on the Internet IDP Matthias Wachs, Quirin Scheitle


Author Title Type Advisors Links
Elias Hazboun Investigating Mobile Messaging Security 2 - How strong is WhatsApp/Threema/... transport security? IDP Matthias Wachs, Quirin Scheitle Pdf
Adrian Reuter A Workbench to analyze X.509 in Applications BA Matthias Wachs Pdf
Frieder Baumann Privacy Implications of mDNS BA Matthias Wachs Pdf
Michael Schollerer Mail-Security in der Cloud in Großkonzernen am Beispiel BMW Mail M.Sc. Quirin Scheitle, Matthias Wachs
Martin Schanzenbach Design and Implementation of a Censorship Resistant and Fully Decentralized Name System MA Matthias Wachs Pdf
Linus Lotz Design and Implementation of a Secure and Privacy-Preserving Notification Service for Mobile Platforms M.Sc. Matthias Wachs Pdf
Daniel Straub Design and Implementation of a Secure Directory Service for Digital Certificates M.Sc. Matthias Wachs Pdf
Maximilian Meier Enabling OpenPGP in Multi-Device Environments B.Sc. Matthias Wachs Pdf
Valentin Hauner Improving Interoperability of a Secure Directory Service using LDAP, SKS and DANE IDP Matthias Wachs Pdf
Pranav Jagdish Design and Implementation of a Management Service for Digital Certificates M.Sc. Matthias Wachs Pdf
Johannes Zirngibl Mobile Messaging Security - Who can read your messages? B.S. Quirin Scheitle, Matthias Wachs Pdf
Omar Tarabai Decentralized and Autonomous Anomaly Detection Infrastructure for Decentralized Peer-to-Peer Networks MA Matthias Wachs Pdf
Fabian Oehlmann Machine Learning Based Ressource Allocation for P2P Networks M.Sc. Matthias Wachs Pdf


2016.05.02 Matthias Wachs, Nadine Herold, Stephan-A. Posselt, Florian Dold, Georg Carle, “GPLMT: A Lightweight Experimentation and Testbed Management Framework,” in Passive and Active Measurement: 17th International Conference, PAM 2016, Heraklion, Greece, Mar. 2016. [Url] [Pdf] [DOI] [Bib]
2016.03 Quirin Scheitle, Matthias Wachs, Johannes Zirngibl, Georg Carle, “Analyzing Locality of Mobile Messaging Traffic using the MATAdOR Framework,” in Passive and Active Measurements Conference (PAM) 2016 , Heraklion, Greece, Mar. 2016. [Pdf] [Preprint] [Slides] [Homepage] [DOI] [Bib]
2016.02 Ralph Holz, Johanna Amann, Olivier Mehani, Matthias Wachs, Mohamed Ali Kafaar, “TLS in the wild—An Internet-wide analysis of TLS-based protocols for electronic communication,” in Proc. Network and Distributed System Symposium (NDSS 2016), San Diego, CA, USA, Feb. 2016. [Pdf] [Bib]
2016 Nadine Herold, Matthias Wachs, Stephan-A. Posselt, Georg Carle, “An Optimal Metric-Aware Response Selection Strategy for Intrusion Response Systems,” in Foundations and Practice of Security: 8th International Symposium, FPS 2016, Quebec, Canada, October 24-26, 2016, Springer International Publishing, 2016. [Bib]
2015.02 Matthias Wachs, “A Secure and Resilient Communication Infrastructure for Decentralized Networking Applications,” PhD thesis, Technische Universität München, Feb. 2015. [Pdf] [Bib]
2014 Matthias Wachs, Martin Schanzenbach, Christian Grothoff, “A Censorship-Resistant, Privacy-Enhancing and Fully Decentralized Name System,” in Cryptology and Network Security - 13th International Conference, CANS 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, October 22-24, 2014. Proceedings, 2014, pp. 127–142. [Pdf] [Bib]
2014 Matthias Wachs, Fabian Oehlmann, Christian Grothoff, “Automatic transport selection and resource allocation for resilient communication in decentralised networks,” in 14th IEEE International Conference on Peer-to-Peer Computing, P2P 2014, London, United Kingdom, September 9-11, 2014, Proceedings, 2014, pp. 1–5. [Pdf] [Bib]
2013 Matthias Wachs, Martin Schanzenbach, Christian Grothoff, “On the Feasibility of a Censorship Resistant Decentralized Name System,” in Foundations and Practice of Security - 6th International Symposium, FPS 2013, La Rochelle, France, October 21-22, 2013, Revised Selected Papers, 2013, pp. 19–30. [Pdf] [Bib]
2012.10 Christian Grothoff Matthias Wachs, Ramakrishna Thurimella, “Partitioning the Internet,” in 7th International Conference on Risks and Security of Internet and Systems CRiSIS2012, Cork, Ireland, Oct. 2012. [Pdf] [Bib]
2011.01 Alexander Klimm, Benjamin Glas, Matthias Wachs, Sebastian Vogel, Klaus D. Müller-Glaser, Jürgen Becker, “A Security Scheme for Dependable Key Insertion in Mobile Embedded Devices,” in International Journal of Reconfigurable Computing, Jan. 2011. [Pdf] [Bib]
2010.05 Alexander Klimm, Benjamin Glas, Matthias Wachs, Klaus D. Müller-Glaser, “A Secure Keyflashing Framework for Access Systems in Highly Mobile Devices,” in 5th International Workshop on Reconfigurable Communication-centric Systems-on-Chip ReCoSoC2010, Karlsruhe, Germany, May 2010. [Pdf] [Bib]