Fabio Pagani

Fabio Pagani

Postdoctoral Researcher

UC Santa Barbara


I am a postdoctoral researcher working with Giovanni Vigna and Christopher Kruegel in the SecLab at UC Santa Barbara. My research interests focus on several aspects of systems security. Currently, I am actively involved in projects related to automated vulnerability discovery (in firmware blobs and Android applications), and related to human-assisted cyber reasoning systems.

I earned a Ph.D at EURECOM, where I was advised by Davide Balzarotti. Among other things, we investigated how non-atomic acquisitions impact the consistency of memory dumps, and we developed a framework to find new memory forensics heuristics and to assess the quality of existing ones.

I love playing Capture the Flag (CTF) competitions and I was very active on several wargame websites. I am also a core member of the NOPS team which, by the way, was once defined “probably a top team” by one of the greatest hackers of our time (if you think this is a mere PR stunt, contact me and you will receive proof that this actually happened - for real!).

When I am away from keyboard, I enjoy hiking, rock climbing, surfing, and playing chess.


  • Binary Analysis
  • Vulnerability Discovery
  • Memory Forensics

Selected Publications

SYMBION: Interleaving Symbolic with Concrete Execution

To appear in the Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS), 2020.

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Back to the whiteboard: a principled approach for the assessment and design of memory forensic techniques

Proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security), 2019.

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Introducing the temporal dimension to memory forensics

ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security (TOPS), 2019.

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Beyond precision and recall: understanding uses (and misuses) of similarity hashes in binary analysis

Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy (CODASPY), 2018.

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  • pagani@ucsb.edu
  • University of California Santa Barbara
    Department of Computer Science
    2214 Harold Frank Hall
    Santa Barbara, CA, 93106
  • @pagabuc