The Oregon Systems Infrastructure Research and Information Security (OSIRIS) Laboratory is a part of the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Oregon. Founded by Professor Kevin Butler in the Fall of 2010, the OSIRIS Lab's mission is to discover new research methodologies, technologies, and systems that address timely and important issues in securing computer systems and networks. The scope of our work ranges from individual embedded systems to national-scale infrastructure, and from theoretical models to deployed hardware. We pursue collaborative and multidisciplinary research, and our work has appeared in the top journals, conferences, and workshops in security.

NOTE: We are actively looking for new students who have the drive, motivation, and intellectual curiosity to be successful at the highest levels of academic research.


July 23, 2014

The papers "CertShim: Securing SSL Certificate Verification through Dynamic Linking" Adam Bates, Joe Pletcher, Tyler Nichols, Braden Hollembaek, Dave Tian, Abdulrahman Alkhelaifi, and Kevin Butler, and "Reuse It Or Lose It: More Efficient Secure Computation Through Reuse of Encrypted Values" by Benjamin Mood, Debayan Gupta, Kevin Butler, and Joan Feigenbaum, were accepted for publication at the 21st ACM Conference on Computer and Communcation Security (CCS'14), to be held in Scottsdale, AZ this November.

July 22, 2014

The paper "Forced Perspectives: Evaluating an SSL Trust Enhancement at Scale" by Adam Bates, Joe Pletcher, Tyler Nichols, Braden Hollembaek, and Kevin Butler, was accepted for publication at the 2014 Internet Measurement Conference (IMC 2014), to be held in Vancouver, BC this November.

March 19, 2014

Congratulations to Dave Tian for passing his Directed Research Project.

March 7, 2014

Congratulations to Adam Bates, whose poster "Towards a Usable Provenance Reference Monitor" won the University of Oregon's Graduate Research Poster contest, Information and Physical Sciences division.

February 25, 2014

Data traces from our NDSS paper are available at the following location. Code for the Android app will be shortly available.

February 20, 2014

Adam Bates will be presenting his work on using SDN to aid with network provenance at the SENT Workshop in San Diego, CA, on February 22. He will also present our NDSS paper on USB and host identity on February 24.

February 19, 2014

Benjamin Mood will be presenting his work on the PartialGC system tomorrow at the Microsoft Research Workshop on Secure Computation in Redmond, WA.

November 1, 2013

The paper "Leveraging USB to Establish Host Identity Using Commodity Devices" by Adam Bates, Ryan Leonard, Hannah Pruse, Daniel Lowd, and Kevin Butler, was accepted for publication at the Symposium on Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS'14), to be held in San Diego, CA, in February.

More lab news can be found at our news archive.


Current Members

  • Kevin Butler (director)
  • Adam Bates, Ph.D. expected Spring 2016.
  • Benjamin Mood, Ph.D. expected Spring 2016.
  • Dave Tian, Ph.D. expected Spring 2017.
  • Tyler Nichols, Ph.D. expected Spring 2018.
  • Jonathan Eskeldine, B.S. expected Fall 2014.
  • Abdulrahman Alkhelaifi, B.S. expected Fall 2014.


  • Braden Hollombaek, B.S. Spring 2014 (first employment: iSEC Partners, Seattle, WA)
  • Cam Juarez, B.S. Spring 2014 (first employment: Google, Mountain View, CA)
  • Joe Pletcher, M.S. Spring 2013 (first offered employment: Wurldtech, Vancouver, BC)
  • Masoud Valafar, M.S. Fall 2011 (first offered employment: Amazon, Seattle, WA)
  • Ryan Leonard, B.S., Spring 2013 (first post-lab position: Ph.D. student, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign).
  • Hannah Pruse, B.S., Spring 2013 (currently: Ph.D. student, University of Oregon).

The Egyptian deity Osiris wore a symbolic Atef crown, which had two red ostrich feathers that represent truth, justice, morality, and balance. The work that we do in the OSIRIS Lab aims to further these values by focusing on scientific inquiry in areas of enduring interest on topics relevant to not only the academic community, but the nation at large.

The OSIRIS Lab is generously supported by donations and grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL), MIT Lincoln Laboratories, Battelle, Qualcomm, Microsoft Research, and Ellisys Corporation.