Countermeasures to Malicious Hardware to Improve Software Protection Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$99,753.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-11-M-1059
Award Id:
96914
Agency Tracking Number:
O102-IA1-1047
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD 10-IA1
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
9155 East 146th Street, Noblesville, IN, 46060
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
831905596
Principal Investigator:
MichaelKnieser
Owner
(800) 458-4266
michael.knieser@smartsystemstech.com
Business Contact:
MichaelKnieser
Owner
(800) 458-4266
michael.knieser@smartsystemstech.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Malicious alterations of COTS circuits poses major concern in terms of their reliable and trusted field operation. It is extremely difficult to discover such alterations, also referred to as "hardware Trojans" using conventional structural or functional testing strategies. In this proposal, we propose a novel non-invasive, multiple parameter side-channel analysis based Trojan detection approach that is capable of detecting malicious hardware modifications in the presence of large process variation induced noise. We exploit the intrinsic relationship between dynamic current (IDDT) and maximum operating frequency (Fmax) of a circuit to distinguish the effect of a Trojan from process induced fluctuations in IDDT. We propose a vector generation approach for IDDT measurement that can improve the Trojan detection sensitivity for arbitrary Trojan instances. Similar prior work shows results with two large circuits, a 32-bit integer execution unit (IEU) and a 128-bit Advanced Encryption System (AES) cipher, show a detection resolution of 0.04% can be achieved in presence of 20% parameter (Vth) variations. The proposed new approach will be validated with experimental results using 120nm FPGA (Xilinx Virtex-II) chips and COTS logic devices.

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