Anna-Katharina Wickert

Anna-Katharina Wickert

PhD student at Technische Universität Darmstadt

Technische Universität Darmstadt - Software Technology Group


I am a doctoral researcher in the Software Technology Group supervised by Prof. Mezini. Currently, I focus on security problems caused by API-misuses, e.g., for cryptographic APIs. A well-known problem of cryptography in software is that cryptographic APIs are used in an insecure way. An example is that developers use ECB as a block mode for encryption which is known to be insecure. Within my research, we want to support developers to write secure code.

As part of my research within CROSSING, I am a contributor to the official Eclipse Plugin CogniCrypt which supports developers in using cryptographic APIs securely. Further, I contributed to the explainer video about CogniCrypt.

  • PhD student supervised by Mira Mezini, 2017 - now

    Technische Universität Darmstadt

  • MSc IT-Security, 2014 - 2017

    Technische Universität Darmstadt

  • Exchange student, 2016

    University of Oslo

  • BSc, 2011 - 2014

    Technische Hochschule Bingen

Recent Publications

(2022). To Fix or Not to Fix: A Critical Study of Crypto-misuses in the Wild. In TRUSTCOM'22.

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(2022). CamBench - Cryptographic API Misuse Detection Tool Benchmark Suite. In MSR'22.

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(2021). A Fine-grained Data Set and Analysis of Tangling in Bug Fixing Commits. In EMSE.

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(2021). Python Crypto Misuses in the Wild. In ESEM'21.

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Recent & Upcoming Misc

Workshop: Application Security @ GopherCon
Workshop: Application Security @ GopherCon Europe
What makes wonderful workshops @ GoTimeFM


Student Assistant
Sep 2017 – Oct 2017 Darmstadt
Creation of an overview of vulnerabilities in software discussed in recent publications
Student Assistant
Mar 2017 – May 2017 Darmstadt
Evaluation and design of a new research idea Development of a dynamic analysis tool in JavaScript so solve out idea
Student Assistant
Feb 2015 – May 2016 Darmstadt
Evaluation and design of a static analysis for Go Development and publication of the design and implementation
Ada Lovelace Mentor
Dec 2011 – Aug 2014 Bingen
Organization and operation yearly Girl’s Day with other team members. Organization, development, and teaching of workshops and lessons to increase the percentage of women in STEM jobs.