Countermeasures to Malicious Hardware to Improve Software Protection Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-11-M-1059
Agency Tracking Number: O102-IA1-1047
Amount: $99,753.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD10-IA1
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-11-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-05-17
Small Business Information
9155 East 146th Street, Noblesville, IN, 46060
DUNS: 831905596
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Knieser
 (800) 458-4266
Business Contact
 Michael Knieser
Title: Owner
Phone: (800) 458-4266
Research Institution
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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