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


  • Fax: +49 89 289 - 18033
  • e-Mail: matthias.wachsAttum.de
    (GPG: 4594 6915 BA9B 3886 A7A5 91E0 271E D86D 6F53 AD12)


  • 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


Author Title Type Advisors Year Links
Adrian Reuter A Workbench to analyze X.509 in Applications BA Matthias Wachs 2016 Pdf
Frieder Baumann Privacy Implications of mDNS BA Matthias Wachs 2016 Pdf
Moritz Kellermann Email in the Wild - Analyzing Email Security on the Internet BA Matthias Wachs 2016
Stefan Fochler DANE in the Wild - Analyzing DANE Deployment on the Internet IDP Matthias Wachs, Quirin Scheitle 2016
Martin Schanzenbach Design and Implementation of a Censorship Resistant and Fully Decentralized Name System MA Matthias Wachs 2016 Pdf
Linus Lotz Design and Implementation of a Secure and Privacy-Preserving Notification Service for Mobile Platforms M.Sc. Matthias Wachs 2016 Pdf
Valentin Hauner Improving Interoperability of a Secure Directory Service using LDAP, SKS and DANE IDP Matthias Wachs 2016 Pdf
Maximilian Meier Enabling OpenPGP in Multi-Device Environments B.Sc. Matthias Wachs 2016 Pdf
Daniel Straub Design and Implementation of a Secure Directory Service for Digital Certificates M.Sc. Matthias Wachs 2016 Pdf
Michael Schollerer Mail-Security in der Cloud in Großkonzernen am Beispiel BMW Mail MA Quirin Scheitle, Matthias Wachs 2016
Elias Hazboun Investigating Mobile Messaging Security 2 - How strong is WhatsApp/Threema/... transport security? IDP Matthias Wachs, Quirin Scheitle 2016 Pdf
Marko Dorfhuber Information Collection for Temporal Variation Analysis on Networks BA Nadine Herold, Matthias Wachs, Stefan Liebald 2016
Christoph Rudolf Automated Planning, Setup and Configuration for Scientific Testbed Environments BA Nadine Herold, Matthias Wachs, Stefan Liebald 2016
Pranav Jagdish Design and Implementation of a Management Service for Digital Certificates M.Sc. Matthias Wachs 2015 Pdf
Johannes Zirngibl Mobile Messaging Security - Who can read your messages? B.S. Quirin Scheitle, Matthias Wachs 2015 Pdf
Omar Tarabai Decentralized and Autonomous Anomaly Detection Infrastructure for Decentralized Peer-to-Peer Networks MA Matthias Wachs 2014 Pdf
Fabian Oehlmann Machine Learning Based Ressource Allocation for P2P Networks M.Sc. Matthias Wachs 2013 Pdf


2017-07-01 Nadine Herold, Matthias Wachs, Marko Dorfhuber, Christoph Rudolf, Stefan Liebald, Georg Carle, “Achieving reproducible network environments with INSALATA,” in 11th International Conference on Autonomous Infrastructure, Management and Security (AIMS’2017), Best Paper Award, Zurich, Switzerland, Jul. 2017. [Pdf] [Slides] [Bib]
2017-06-01 Matthias Wachs, Quirin Scheitle, Georg Carle, “Push Away Your Privacy: Precise User Tracking Based on TLS Client Certificate Authentication,” in Network Traffic Measurement and Analysis Conference (TMA), Best Paper Award TMA’17, IEEE ComSoc ITC Best Paper Award 2017, Jun. 2017. [Pdf] [Slides] [Recording] [Bib]
2017-02-01 Christian Grothoff, Matthias Wachs, Monika Ermert, Jacob Appelbaum, “Towards Secure Name Resolution on the Internet,” in NDSS 2017 DNS Privacy Workshop DPRIV17 ’17, San Diego, CA, USA, Febuary 26, 2017, San Diego, USA, Feb. 2017, p. 20. [Pdf] [Bib]
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]
2016-03-01 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, pp. 190–202. [Pdf] [Preprint] [Slides] [Homepage] [Rawdata] [DOI] [Bib]
2016-02-01 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]
2016-01-01 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]
2015-02-01 Matthias Wachs, “A Secure and Resilient Communication Infrastructure for Decentralized Networking Applications,” PhD thesis, Technische Universität München, Feb. 2015. [Pdf] [Bib]
2014-01-01 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]
2014-01-01 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]
2013-01-01 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]
2012-10-01 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]
2011-01-01 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]
2010-05-01 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]