Reversing and Offensive-oriented Trends Symposium 2022 (ROOTS)

Academic workshop co-located with DeepSec 2022 November 17/18, Vienna

Call for Papers

The Reversing and Offensive-oriented Trends Symposium, an academic workshop, is again co-located with the DeepSec conference in its sixth year. ROOTS solicits contributions that focus on theorems and root shells: In security, two things you absolutely cannot argue with.

Security is hard to define. Most often, security is defined by its absence. For scientists, this is particularly unsatisfactory. A lack of definition increases the difficulty to find suitable quantitive and qualitative models. Even though the overall landscape is blurry at best; exploitation, reverse engineering, and offensive techniques have their place. ROOTS aims to explore this territory.

The first European symposium of its kind, ROOTS aims to provide an industry-friendly academic platform to discuss trends in exploitation, reversing, offensive techniques, and effective protections. Submissions should provide novel attack forms, describe novel reversing techniques, or effective deployable defenses. Submissions can also provide a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art, and pinpoint promising areas that have not received appropriate attention in the past.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

- New exploitation techniques and methodologies
- New reverse engineering techniques and methodologies
- The science of (in)security
- The role of exploitation in the science of security
- The role of reverse engineering in the science of security
- Novel approaches to security scalability, in the actual world or in simulated environments (CTF)
- New unintended programming and execution models (“weird machines”)
wherein the program is encoded in data, metadata, descriptors, etc.
- Automated code analysis and semantic understanding
- Formal models of exploitation and formal methods for exploitation
- Systematization of knowledge in exploitation
- Systematization of knowledge in reverse engineering
- Exploitation of trending platforms and architectures: IoT, cloud, SDNs, etc.
- Reverse engineering of trending platforms and architectures: embedded systems, IoT, cloud, SDNs, etc.
- Exploitation perspectives on emerging trust models: SGX, enclaves, blockchains, etc.

To facilitate interaction with industry, the ROOTS ticket will be valid for all DeepSec conference tracks on both days, including the industry tracks, and tickets for the industry track will be valid for ROOTS.

Important dates

Submission deadline: August 26 (anywhere in the world)
Author notification: October 03
Camera-ready papers due: October 15
Workshop and DeepSec: November 17/18

Program Chairs

Adrian DabrowskiCISPA Helmholz Center for Information Security
René PfeifferDeepSec

Program & Review Commitee 2022

Patroklos Argyroudis CENSUS S.A.
Jean-Philippe Aumasson Taurus
Sergey Bratus Dartmouth College
Mariano Graziano Cisco Talos
Felicitas Hetzelt TU Berlin
Martina Lindorfer University of Technology, Vienna
Georg Merzdovnik SBA Research
Sebastian Neuner Google LLC
Marcus Niemietz Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences
Konrad Rieck TU Braunschweig
Michael Schwarz CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
Juraj Somorovsky Paderborn University
Alexios Voulimeneas KU Leuven
Edgar Weippl University of Vienna


2017-2021 proceedings have been published in ACM's Digital Library. Application for inclusion of 2022 in ACM DL via the International Conference Proceedings Series (ICPS) is pending. See for details about the author's rights.

Submission instructions

Submissions to ROOTS are not limited in page count, but their length should be commensurate with the results. We expect that 5--10 pages of two-column PDF using the sigconf template should be sufficient. We encourage submissions of papers based on results previously presented at industry or hacker conferences, so long as the papers themselves have not been presented or published elsewhere. We also encourage Systematization of Knowledge (SoK) submissions.

Papers should be submitted through

Submissions should be anonymous and direct references to the author should be blinded or written as a 3rd person reference, where possible. Additionally, submissions should not contain endorsements of specific products or vendors.

Travel cost reimbursement

Authors will be expected to present their papers at ROOTS. ROOTS will follow the industry conference practice of free speaker entrance, a common speaker's dinner, providing presenters with lodging at the conference hotel (limited to two nights), and up to EUR 800 of other travel expense reimbursement.


These are unpredictable times with a lot of uncertainty regarding travel. Should governmental travel restrictions prohibit travel, should a presenter be unable to meet travel requirements by his own country or the European Union due to factors outside their control, or should it lead to unexpected hardship (e.g., quarantine time on arrival or return), please contact the organizers to find an alternative arrangement (e.g., remote participation).