Emulex Career Development Chair
Advanced Integrated Cyber-Physical Systems (AICPS) Lab
Prof. Mohammad Abdullah Al Faruque
Securing Computer Hardware Against Malicious Design and Foundry Attacks
Time: March 7th at 2:00 PM
Venue:2111 Engineering Hall
Abstract of the talk:
In this talk, I will present some of my recent work on techniques to secure computer hardware against such attacks. In the first part of the talk, I will discuss how 3D integrated circuit (3D IC) technology can be leveraged to defend against Trojan insertion by a malicious fabrication facility (also called “fab”). In particular, by fabricating each tier of the 3D IC in a different fab, the design intent can effectively obfuscated, thus enhancing security.
In the next part of the talk, I will discuss the design of hardware Trojan triggers that cause the maliciously inserted circuitry to activate at a time of the attackers choosing. Although prior work has shown that deterministic time triggers are easily defended against, I will show that by leveraging randomness, attackers can design very precise time triggers that are insusceptible to all existing hardware security mechanisms of which we are aware. I will discuss the security implications of this new vulnerability.
This is joint work with Prof. Mahesh Tripunitara of the University of Waterloo.
About the Speaker
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Assis. Prof. Mohammad Al Faruque