I am a third year Ph.D. student at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign working with Prof. Christopher Fletcher. I am broadly interested in developing program analysis and program synthesis based techniques to secure software against microarchitectural side-channel attacks. My work aims to understand how to develop the next-generation of security-centric programming toolflows that enable programmers to write secure (i.e., side-channel resilient) and efficient software on modern (leaky) hardware.

In 2019, I got my Masters’ from Purdue University, where I worked with Prof. Mathias Payer on binary rewriting and their applications to secure commodity-off-the-shelf (COTS) software. I obtained my Bachelors’ degree in 2016 from National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal.

I’ve had the pleasure of interning at several great places:

You can reach me at: sushant.dinesh94 at gmail.com (or) sdinesh2 at illinois.edu


  • SynthCT: Towards Portable Constant-Time Code
    Sushant Dinesh, Grant Garrett-Grossman, Christopher W. Fletcher.
    In NDSS’22: 28th Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium. 2022.
    [paper] [code] [artifacts] [doi] [bib]

  • Scalable Validation of Binary Lifters
    Sandeep Dasgupta, Sushant Dinesh, Deepan Venkatesh, Vikram S. Adve, and Christopher W. Fletcher.
    In PLDI’20: Proceedings of the 41st ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation. 2020.
    [paper] [code] [doi] [bib]

  • RetroWrite: Statically Instrumenting COTS Binaries for Fuzzing and Sanitization
    Sushant Dinesh, Nathan Burow, Dongyan Xu, and Mathias Payer.
    In Oakland’20: IEEE International Symposium on Security and Privacy. 2020.
    [paper] [code] [doi] [bib] [talk]