Aanchal Malhotra


I am a PhD student at Boston University advised by Prof. Sharon Goldberg. My research interests are computer networks, network security with a focus on the security of core Internet protocols like NTP, DNS, TLS, BGP, etc. I use tools from cryptography and the insights gained from network measurement and simulations to improve security and reliability of the core Internet protocols. 

I received MS in computer science with a specialization in cyber security in January, 2015 from Boston University. I was co-advised by Profs. Sharon Goldberg and Leonid Reyzin.

Prior to joining Boston University, I was a research intern at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras working in provable security advised by Prof. Chandrasekaran Pandu Rangan.

I was a research fellow at Nlnet labs, Amsterdam, The Netherlands from July-Sept, 2017. I analyzed the impact of security vulnerabilities in network time on other protocols such as DNS and DNSSec. The project is funded by SIDN Fonds, Netherlands.

I was a research intern at the InfoSec group at Akamai Technologies, Cambridge.  My work here involved "Security Evaluation of Akamai's NTP infrastructure" with Brian Sniffen and Daniel Franke.

I was a visiting research fellow at Cisco Systems, Knoxville working on a short-term project titled: "Tactical Evaluation of the Network Time Protocol" for the month of September, 2015. 

I participated in the Hebrew University Networking Summer at Hebrew University, Israel from June 1- June 20, 2015. 

You can find my CV here.


Academic Publications

Ran Canetti, Kyle Hogan, Aanchal Malhotra, Mayank Varia
In the proceedings of Computer Security Foundations Symposium (CSF), 2017 IEEE 30th, 360-375.

The Security of NTP's Datagram Protocol.
Aanchal Malhotra, Matthew V. Gundy, Mayank Varia, Haydn Kennedy, Jonathan Gardner, Sharon Goldberg
In the proceedings of 21st International Conference on Financial Cryptography and Data Security (FC), Malta. 405-423, February 2017.
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Aanchal Malhotra, Sharon Goldberg
The associated CVEs are CVE-2015-7979 and  (Deja-Vu Attack) CVE-2015-7973.

Aanchal Malhotra, Isaac E. Cohen, Erik Brakke, Sharon Goldberg
In the proceedings of Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), San Diego, California. 21-24 February, 2016.
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The associated CVEs are CVE-2015-7704, CVE-2015-7705, and CVE-2015-5300.

Practical IBE Secure under CBDH - Encrypting Without Pairing.                                                                                
S. Sree Vivek, S. Sharmila Deva Selvi, Aanchal Malhotra, C. Pandu Rangan 
In the Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Security and Cryptography, 251-258, 2015, Colmar, Alsace, France.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
RPKI vs ROVER: Comparing the Risks of BGP Security Solutions.                                                                              
Aanchal Malhotra, Sharon Goldberg                                                                                                                                        
Poster in the proceedings of ACM conference on SIGCOMM 2014 113-4. Full version                                                         

                                
IETF Drafts 


NTP Interleaved Modes.

Message Authentication Codes for the Network time Protocol.
NTP Client Data Minimization.
                                                                                                                                                                          
Full List of Publications here    

Invited Talks

CSAIL-MIT Security Seminar (November 2017)
University of Connecticut Security Seminar (November 2016)
New England Networking and Systems Day (NENS) (October 2016)
Northeastern University Security Seminar (May 2016)
Stony Brook University (April 2016)
CSAIL-MIT Security Seminar (March 2016)
Charles River Crypto Day- MIT (Oct 2015)
                                                                                                                                                 

Contact Information

Aanchal Malhotra
Computer Science
111 Cummington Mall, MCS 135A
Boston, MA 02215.

Email: aanchal4 at bu dot edu
Phone: 857-234-6734


                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                                                                          



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