Mustakimur Rahman

I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing at the University of Georgia. The University of Georgia is ranked 47th among National Universities and 20th among Top Public Schools in the USA. Prior to this, I earned my Ph.D. in Computer Science from Florida State University in 2020, under the guidance of the late Dr. Zhi Wang. I also hold a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering from Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology, which I completed in 2012.
My research is concentrated on system and software security, encompassing the design of threat models, vulnerability detection, exploit generation, and the development of usable defense mechanisms. Presently, I am delving deep into Control Flow Integrity, Trusted Execution Environments like SGX and TrustZone, Fuzzing technology, Secure Programming practices, and the security aspects of IoT systems. I am passionate about Open-source Security (OSS) and believe in its power to strengthen cybersecurity measures.
To learn more about my research, I suggest checking out the blog posts available here.

Office: 547 Boyd Graduate Studies Research Center
Mail: 415 Boyd Graduate Studies Research Center
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-7404

Information for Prospective Graduate Students

  • Due to critical health conditions, I am not hiring any new students.
  • University application deadline:
    • Fall: April 15.
    • Spring: October 15.
  • Admission requirement:
    • GRE (> 305).
    • TOEFL (> 85).


  • COIN attacks: on the insecurity of enclave untrusted interfaces in SGX.
    Mustakimur Rahman Khandaker, Yueqiang Cheng, Zhi Wang, Tao Wei.
    Proceedings of the 25th ACM International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS’20).
    Lausanne, Switzerland, March 2020 (18%).
    [Paper] [Presentation] [Source]
  • Origin-sensitive Control Flow Integrity.
    Mustakimur Rahman Khandaker, Wenqing Liu, Abu Naser, Zhi Wang, Jie Yang.
    Proceedings of the 28th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security’19).
    Santa Clara, CA, USA, August 2019 (16%).
    [Paper] [Presentation] [Source]
  • Adaptive Call-site Sensitive Control Flow Integrity.
    Mustakimur Rahman Khandaker, Abu Naser, Wenqing Liu, Zhi Wang,Yajin Zhou,Yueqiang Cheng.
    Proceedings of the 4th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy (EuroS&P’19).
    Stockholm, Sweden, Jun 2019 (20%).
    [Paper] [Presentation] [Source] [Best Paper Award]
  • Secure In-cache Execution.
    Yue Chen, Mustakimur Rahman Khandaker, Zhi Wang.
    Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on Research in Attacks, Intrusions, and Defenses (RAID’17).
    Atlanta, Georgia, September 2017.
  • Pinpointing Vulnerabilities.
    Yue Chen, Mustakimur Rahman Khandaker, Zhi Wang.
    Proceedings of the 12th ACM Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security (AsiaCCS’17).
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 2017.
  • Location-based early disaster warning and evacuation system on mobile phones using OpenStreetMap.
    Khandaker Mustakimur Rahman, Tauhidul Alam, Mahfuzulhoq Chowdhury.
    Open Systems (ICOS), 2012 IEEE Conference on (ICOS ’12).
    Kuala Lumpur, 21-24 Oct. 2012.


  • CSCI 4250/6250
    Cyber Security.
    Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Fall 2023.
  • CSCI 8245
    Secure Programming.
    Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023.
  • CSCI 6760
    Computer Networks.
    Spring 2023.

Research Group

Research Funding

  • New Faculty Startup Research Funding.
    The University of Georgia.

Upcoming Talks

  • N/A


  • Program Committee.
    Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), 2022.
    The International Workshop on Security, Privacy, and Trust for Emergency Events, 2020.
  • Journal Reviewer.
    IEEE Transactions on Computers (TC-CS).
    IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC-CS).