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Patrick Stöckle

Technical University of Munich

Informatics 4 - Chair of Software & Systems Engineering (Prof. Pretschner)

Postal address

Boltzmannstr. 3
85748 Garching b. München

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About me

Since November 2017, I am a Ph.D. student at the Chair of Software and Systems Engineering, headed by Professor Pretschner. The focus of my research is the field of security configuration. Security can be cumbersome and dangerous. If you lost the key for an encrypted hard drive, you could not recover the data, and there are lost forever. Thus, most of the nowadays systems are configured insecurely and open for attacks. To overcome this problem, I am working together with our industry partner to assess a system’s state regarding its security-configuration and configure the system to be as secure as possible. Thereby, we created our hardening process to be as automated as possible so that it can be used in the context of DevOps, too. For further details about our project, please have a look at our project page.

Research Interests

  • Security
  • Security-Configuration
  • Hardening
  • Model-driven Software Development


  • Stöckle, Patrick AND Grobauer, Bernd AND Pretschner, Alexander: Automated Implementation of Windows-related Security-Configuration Guides. Software Engineering 2021, Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V., 2021 mehr…
  • Stöckle, Patrick; Grobauer, Bernd; Pretschner, Alexander: Automated implementation of windows-related security-configuration guides. Proceedings of the 35th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering, ACM, 2020 mehr…

Open Topics

If you are interested in working with me, either have a look at the open theses page or simply write me an email. If you are interested in making machines and systems more secure and there was no open topic on this site or on the open theses page, you could still write me. Maybe I already have some idea for a bachelor/master thesis which is not yet on the homepage.

When writing directly to my mail address, please consider to encrypt your email via PGP or S/MIME using one of the public keys from above.

Title Type


Ongoing Topics

Title Type Student’s Name
Automatic Detection and Identification of Breaking Security-Configuration Rules Master’s Michael Sammereier

Completed Topics

Title Type Name Year
Incident Response Automation: Challenges and Opportunities for Automated Course of Action Deployment Master’s Tobias Hilbig 2021
Generation of OVAL Checks for Security-Configuration Assessments Bachelor’s Quirin Ertz 2021
Automatic Selection of Security-relevant Configurations Bachelor’s Theresa Wasserer 2021
Fighting bushfires with Preparation: Prevention of Malware spread using Security-Configuration Guidelines Bachelor’s Anne Priscilla Lam Wai See 2020
Automatic and Reproducible Attacks on insecurely configured Systems based on Security-Configuration Rules Master’s Felix Huber 2020
Security-Configuration Automation for UNIX Master’s Fabian Raab 2019
Automatic Security Configuration for Mobile Devices Bachelor’s Maximilian Lösch 2019
Design of an Improved Scapolite Check Mechanism Bachelor’s Lena Voigt 2019
Modelling of Attack Trees for Security Assessment of Hardening Mechanisms Bachelor’s Matthias Michailow 2019
Simplifying Configuration Management in the Automotive Industry Master’s Dominik Vinan 2019
Design and Evaluation of an Agile Software Development Process for Space Applications Master’s Alexander Lill 2018


Semester Course Role
Summer ’21 Security Engineering Leading Teaching Assistant
Summer ’21 Seminar Software Quality Teaching Assistant
Winter ’20/21 Advanced Topics of Software Engineering Teaching Assistant
Winter ’20/21 Seminar Software Quality Teaching Assistant
Summer ’20 Security Engineering Leading Teaching Assistant
Winter ’19/20 Advanced Topics of Software Engineering Teaching assistant
Summer ’19 Security Engineering Leading Teaching Assistant
Winter ’18/19 Fundamentals of Programming Teaching assistant