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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

Place of employment

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

Boltzmannstr. 3(5611)/I
85748 Garching b. München

About me

Since November 2017 I am a PhD student at the Chair of Software and Systems Engineering headed by Professor Pretschner. The focus of my research is the field of security-configurations. Security can be cumbersome and dangerous, e.g., if one lost the key for an encrypted hard drive, one 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, we are working on methods to assess the state of a system regarding its security-configuration and to 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.

Additionally, I’m also interested in model-driven tools and technologies. I received my master’s degree from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). I wrote my master's thesis there in the context of the VITRUVIUS project.

Research Interests

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

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

Completed Topics

Title Type Name Year
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

Summer '20

Security Engineering

Winter '19/20

Advanced Topics of Software Engineering
Summer '19 Security Engineering
Winter '18/19 Practical Course Introduction to Programming


Work in progress ...