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Le Guan

Assistant Professor

School of Computing

The University of Georgia

I am an Assistant Professor of cybersecurity in the School of Computing at the University of Georgia, and a member of the UGA Institute for Cybersecurity and Privacy. Before joining UGA, I was a post-doctoral researcher at Penn State. My research interests cover a wide range of systems security and software security. I am especially interested in leveraging COTS hardware components/features to design and build systems that are more reliable and secure than solutions based on software alone.

Currently, I am actively involved in research focused on advancing the state of the art in firmware analysis. I am grateful for receiving support from the NSF CAREER Award for this project.

Opening: I am looking for self-motivated Ph.D. students. Please send me your CV if interested. Candidates are expected to have a solid background in system programming and operating systems.


  • Firmware Analysis
  • Systems Security
  • Software Security
  • IoT Security


  • PhD in Information Security, 2015

    University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • B.S. in Information Security, 2009

    University of Science and Technology of China

Selected Publications

  • BSan: A Powerful Identifier-Based Hardware-Independent Memory Error Detector for COTS Binaries
    Wen Zhang, Botang Xiao, Qingchen Kong, Jin Wu, Le Guan, Wenwen Wang
    47th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE '25)
  • Unveiling IoT Security in Reality: A Firmware-Centric Journey
    Nicolas Nino, Ruibo Lu, Wei Zhou, Kyu Hyung Lee, Ziming Zhao, Le Guan
    33th USENIX Security Symposium (Security '24)
  • SoK: Where’s the “up”?! A Comprehensive (bottom-up) Study on the Security of Arm Cortex-M Systems
    Xi Tan, Zheyuan Ma, Sandro Pinto, Le Guan, Ning Zhang, Jun Xu, Zhiqiang Lin, Hongxin Hu, Ziming Zhao
    2024 USENIX WOOT Conference on Offensive Technologies (WOOT '24)
  • Facilitating Non-Intrusive In-Vivo Firmware Testing with Stateless Instrumentation
    Jiameng Shi, Wenqiang Li, Wenwen Wang, Le Guan
    31st Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS ‘24)