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Sepulveda, Johanna, Aboul-Hassan, Damian, Sigl, Georg, Becker, Bernd, Sauer, Matthias.  2018.  Towards the formal verification of security properties of a Network-on-Chip router. 2018 IEEE 23rd European Test Symposium (ETS). :1—6.
pubcrawl, Network on Chip Security, Scalability, resiliency, resilience, metrics, Vulnerabilities and design flaws in Network-on-Chip (NoC) routers can be exploited in order to spy, modify and constraint the sensitive communication inside the Multi-Processors Systems-on-Chip (MPSoCs). Although previous works address the NoC threat, finding secure and efficient solutions to verify the security is still a challenge. In this work, we propose for the first time a method to formally verify the correctness and the security properties of a NoC router in order to provide the proper communication functionality and to avoid NoC attacks. We present a generalized verification flow that proves a wide set of implementation-independent security-related properties to hold. We employ unbounded model checking techniques to account for the highly-sequential behaviour of the NoC systems. The evaluation results demonstrate the feasibility of our approach by presenting verification results of six different NoC routing architectures demonstrating the vulnerabilities of each design.
Thiemann, Benjamin, Feiten, Linus, Raiola, Pascal, Becker, Bernd, Sauer, Matthias.  2019.  On Integrating Lightweight Encryption in Reconfigurable Scan Networks. 2019 IEEE European Test Symposium (ETS). :1–6.

Reconfigurable Scan Networks (RSNs) are a powerful tool for testing and maintenance of embedded systems, since they allow for flexible access to on-chip instrumentation such as built-in self-test and debug modules. RSNs, however, can be also exploited by malicious users as a side-channel in order to gain information about sensitive data or intellectual property and to recover secret keys. Hence, implementing appropriate counter-measures to secure the access to and data integrity of embedded instrumentation is of high importance. In this paper we present a novel hardware and software combined approach to ensure data privacy in IEEE Std 1687 (IJTAG) RSNs. To do so, both a secure IJTAG compliant plug-and-play instrument wrapper and a versatile software toolchain are introduced. The wrapper demonstrates the necessary architectural adaptations required when using a lightweight stream cipher, whereas the software toolchain provides a seamless integration of the testing workflow with stream cipher. The applicability of the method is demonstrated by an FPGA-based implementation. We report on the performance of the developed instrument wrapper, which is empirically shown to have only a small impact on the workflow in terms of hardware overhead, operational costs and test time overhead.

Gay, Maël, Paxian, Tobias, Upadhyaya, Devanshi, Becker, Bernd, Polian, Ilia.  2019.  Hardware-Oriented Algebraic Fault Attack Framework with Multiple Fault Injection Support. 2019 Workshop on Fault Diagnosis and Tolerance in Cryptography (FDTC). :25–32.

The evaluation of fault attacks on security-critical hardware implementations of cryptographic primitives is an important concern. In such regards, we have created a framework for automated construction of fault attacks on hardware realization of ciphers. The framework can be used to quickly evaluate any cipher implementations, including any optimisations. It takes the circuit description of the cipher and the fault model as input. The output of the framework is a set of algebraic equations, such as conjunctive normal form (CNF) clauses, which is then fed to a SAT solver. We consider both attacking an actual implementation of a cipher on an field-programmable gate array (FPGA) platform using a fault injector and the evaluation of an early design of the cipher using idealized fault models. We report the successful application of our hardware-oriented framework to a collection of ciphers, including the advanced encryption standard (AES), and the lightweight block ciphers LED and PRESENT. The corresponding results and a discussion of the impact to different fault models on our framework are shown. Moreover, we report significant improvements compared to similar frameworks, such as speedups or more advanced features. Our framework is the first algebraic fault attack (AFA) tool to evaluate the state-of-the art cipher LED-64, PRESENT and full-scale AES using only hardware-oriented structural cipher descriptions.

Völker, Benjamin, Scholls, Philipp M., Schubert, Tobias, Becker, Bernd.  2018.  Towards the Fusion of Intrusive and Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring: A Hybrid Approach. Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Future Energy Systems. :436-438.

With Electricity as a fundamental part of our life, its production has still large, negative environmental impact. Therefore, one strain of research is to optimize electricity usage by avoiding its unnecessary consumption or time its consumption when green energy is available. The shift towards an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) allows to optimize energy distribution based on the current load at residence level. However, applications such as Demand Management and Advanced Load Forecasting require information further down at device level, which cannot be provided by standard electricity meters nor existing AMIs. Hence, different approaches for appliance monitoring emerged over the past 30 years which are categorized into Intrusive systems requiring multiple distributed sensors and Non-Intrusive systems requiring a single unobtrusive sensor. Although each category has been individually explored, hybrid approaches have received little attention. Our experiments highlight that variable consumer devices (e.g. PCs) are detrimental to the detection performance of non-intrusive systems. We further show that their influence can be inhibited by using sensor data from additional intrusive sensors. Even fairly straightforward sensor fusion techniques lead to a classification performance (F1) gain from 84.88 % to 93.41 % in our test setup. As this highlights the potential to contribute to the global goal of saving energy, we define further research directions for hybrid load monitoring systems.