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2021-08-11
Li, Shanghao, He, Shan, Li, Lin, Guo, Donghui.  2020.  IP Trading System with Blockchain on Web-EDA. 2020 IEEE 14th International Conference on Anti-counterfeiting, Security, and Identification (ASID). :164—168.
As the scale of integrated circuits continues to expand, electronic design automation (EDA) and intellectual property (IP) reuse play an increasingly important role in the integrated circuit design process. Although many Web-EDA platforms have begun to provide online EDA software to reduce the threshold for the use of EDA tools, IP protection on the Web- EDA platform is an issue. This article uses blockchain technology to design an IP trading system for the Web-EDA platform to achieve mutual trust and transactions between IP owners and users. The structure of the IP trading system is described in detail, and a blockchain wallet for the Web-EDA platform is developed.
Potluri, Seetal, Aysu, Aydin, Kumar, Akash.  2020.  SeqL: Secure Scan-Locking for IP Protection. 2020 21st International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED). :7—13.
Existing logic-locking attacks are known to successfully decrypt functionally correct key of a locked combinational circuit. It is possible to extend these attacks to real-world Silicon-based Intellectual Properties (IPs, which are sequential circuits) through scan-chains by selectively initializing the combinational logic and analyzing the responses. In this paper, we propose SeqL, which achieves functional isolation and locks selective flip-flop functional-input/scan-output pairs, thus rendering the decrypted key functionally incorrect. We conduct a formal study of the scan-locking problem and demonstrate automating our proposed defense on any given IP. We show that SeqL hides functionally correct keys from the attacker, thereby increasing the likelihood of the decrypted key being functionally incorrect. When tested on pipelined combinational benchmarks (ISCAS, MCNC), sequential benchmarks (ITC) and a fully-fledged RISC-V CPU, SeqL gave 100% resilience to a broad range of state-of-the-art attacks including SAT [1], Double-DIP [2], HackTest [3], SMT [4], FALL [5], Shift-and-Leak [6] and Multi-cycle attacks [7].
Karmakar, Rajit, Chattopadhyay, Santanu.  2020.  Hardware IP Protection Using Logic Encryption and Watermarking. 2020 IEEE International Test Conference (ITC). :1—10.
Logic encryption is a popular Design-for-Security(DfS) solution that offers protection against the potential adversaries in the third-party fab labs and end-users. However, over the years, logic encryption has been a target of several attacks, especially Boolean satisfiability attacks. This paper exploits SAT attack's inability of deobfuscating sequential circuits as a defense against it. We propose several strategies capable of preventing the SAT attack by obfuscating the scan-based Design-for-Testability (DfT) infrastructure. Unlike the existing SAT-resilient schemes, the proposed techniques do not suffer from poor output corruption for wrong keys. This paper also offers various probable solutions for inserting the key-gates into the circuit that ensures protection against numerous other attacks, which exploit weak key-gate locations. Along with several gate-level obfuscation strategies, this paper also presents a Cellular Automata (CA) guided FSM obfuscation strategy to offer protection at a higher abstraction level, that is, RTL-level. For all the proposed schemes, rigorous security analysis against various attacks evaluates their strengths and limitations. Testability analysis also ensures that none of the proposed techniques hamper the basic testing properties of the ICs. We also present a CA-based FSM watermarking strategy that helps to detect potential theft of the designer's IP by any adversary.
Fung, Carol, Pillai, Yadunandan.  2020.  A Privacy-Aware Collaborative DDoS Defence Network. NOMS 2020 - 2020 IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium. :1—5.
Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks can bring tremendous damage to online services and ISPs. Existing adopted mitigation methods either require the victim to have a sufficient number of resources for traffic filtering or to pay a third party cloud service to filter the traffic. In our previous work we proposed CoFence, a collaborative network that allows member domains to help each other in terms of DDoS traffic handling. In that network, victim servers facing a DDoS attack can redirect excessive connection requests to other helping servers in different domains for filtering. Only filtered traffic will continue to interact with the victim server. However, sending traffic to third party servers brings up the issue of privacy: specifically leaked client source IP addresses. In this work we propose a privacy protection mechanism for defense so that the helping servers will not be able to see the IP address of the client traffic while it has minimum impact to the data filtering function. We implemented the design through a test bed to demonstrated the feasibility of the proposed design.
Ngow, Y T, Goh, S H, Leo, J, Low, H W, Kamoji, Rupa.  2020.  Automated nets extraction for digital logic physical failure analysis on IP-secure products. 2020 IEEE International Symposium on the Physical and Failure Analysis of Integrated Circuits (IPFA). :1—6.
GDSII layouts of IP-confidential products are heavily controlled and access is only granted to certain privileged personnel. Failure analysts are generally excluded. Without guidance from GDSII, failure analysis, specifically physical inspection based on fault isolation findings cannot proceed. To overcome this challenge, we develop an automated approach that enables image snapshots relevant to failure analysts to be furnished without compromising the confidentiality of the GDSII content in this paper. Modules built are executed to trace the suspected nets and extract them into multiple images of different pre-defined frame specifications to facilitate failure analysis.
Liu, Chong, Luo, Xiangyang, Yuan, Fuxiang, Liu, Fenlin.  2020.  RNBG: A Ranking Nodes Based IP Geolocation Method. IEEE INFOCOM 2020 - IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops (INFOCOM WKSHPS). :80—84.
IP geolocation technology is widely adopted in network security, privacy protection, online advertising, etc. However, existing IP geolocation methods are vulnerable to delay inflation, which reduces their reliability and applicability, especially in weakly connected networks. To solve this problem, a ranking nodes based IP geolocation method (RNBG) is proposed. RNBG leverages the scale-free nature of complex networks to find a few important and stable nodes in networks. And then these nodes are used in the geolocation of IPs in different regions. Experimental results in China and the US show that RNBG can achieve high accuracy even in weakly connected network. Compared with typical methods, the geolocation accuracy is increased by 2.60%-14.27%, up to 97.55%.
Chheng, Kimhok, Priyadi, Ardyono, Pujiantara, Margo, Mahindara, Vincentius Raki.  2020.  The Coordination of Dual Setting DOCR for Ring System Using Adaptive Modified Firefly Algorithm. 2020 International Seminar on Intelligent Technology and Its Applications (ISITIA). :44—50.
Directional Overcurrent Relays (DOCRs) play an essential role in the power system protection to guarantee the reliability, speed of relay operation and avoiding mal-trip in the primary and backup relays when unintentional fault conditions occur in the system. Moreover, the dual setting protection scheme is more efficient protection schemes for offering fast response protection and providing flexibility in the coordination of relay. In this paper, the Adaptive Modified Firefly Algorithm (AMFA) is used to determine the optimal coordination of dual setting DOCRs in the ring distribution system. The AMFA is completed by choosing the minimum value of pickup current (\textbackslashtextbackslashpmbI\textbackslashtextbackslashpmbP) and time dial setting (TDS). On the other hand, dual setting DOCRs protection scheme also proposed for operating in both forward and reverse directions that consisted of individual time current characteristics (TCC) curve for each direction. The previous method is applied to the ring distribution system network of PT. Pupuk Sriwidjaja by considering the fault on each bus. The result illustration that the AMFA within dual setting protection scheme is significantly reaching the optimized coordination and the relay coordination is certain for all simulation scenarios with the minimum operation. The AMFA has been successfully implemented in MATLAB software programming.
Njova, Dion, Ogudo, Kingsley, Umenne, Patrice.  2020.  Packet Analysis of DNP3 protocol over TCP/IP at an Electrical Substation Grid modelled in OPNET. 2020 IEEE PES/IAS PowerAfrica. :1—5.
In this paper Intelligent Electronic Devices (IED) that use ethernet for communicating with substation devices on the grid where modelled in OPNET. There is a need to test the communication protocol performance over the network. A model for the substation communication network was implemented in OPNET. This was done for ESKOM, which is the electrical power generation and distribution authority in South Africa. The substation communication model consists of 10 ethernet nodes which simulate protection Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs), 13 ethernet switches, a server which simulates the substation Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) and the DNP3 Protocol over TCP/IP simulated on the model. DNP3 is a protocol that can be used in a power utility computer network to provide communication service for the grid components. It was selected as the communication protocol because it is widely used in the energy sector in South Africa. The network load and packet delay parameters were sampled when 10%, 50%, 90% and 100% of devices are online. Analysis of the results showed that with an increase in number of nodes there was an increase in packet delay as well as the network load. The load on the network should be taken into consideration when designing a substation communication network that requires a quick response such as a smart gird.
Chen, Siyuan, Jung, Jinwook, Song, Peilin, Chakrabarty, Krishnendu, Nam, Gi-Joon.  2020.  BISTLock: Efficient IP Piracy Protection using BIST. 2020 IEEE International Test Conference (ITC). :1—5.
The globalization of IC manufacturing has increased the likelihood for IP providers to suffer financial and reputational loss from IP piracy. Logic locking prevents IP piracy by corrupting the functionality of an IP unless a correct secret key is inserted. However, existing logic-locking techniques can impose significant area overhead and performance impact (delay and power) on designs. In this work, we propose BISTLock, a logic-locking technique that utilizes built-in self-test (BIST) to isolate functional inputs when the circuit is locked. We also propose a set of security metrics and use the proposed metrics to quantify BISTLock's security strength for an open-source AES core. Our experimental results demonstrate that BISTLock is easy to implement and introduces an average of 0.74% area and no power or delay overhead across the set of benchmarks used for evaluation.
He, Guorong, Dong, Chen, Liu, Yulin, Fan, Xinwen.  2020.  IPlock: An Effective Hybrid Encryption for Neuromorphic Systems IP Core Protection. 2020 IEEE 4th Information Technology, Networking, Electronic and Automation Control Conference (ITNEC). 1:612—616.
Recent advances in resistive synaptic devices have enabled the emergence of brain-inspired smart chips. These chips can execute complex cognitive tasks in digital signal processing precisely and efficiently using an efficient neuromorphic system. The neuromorphic synapses used in such chips, however, are different from the traditional integrated circuit architectures, thereby weakening their resistance to malicious transformation and intellectual property (IP) counterfeiting. Accordingly, in this paper, we propose an effective hybrid encryption methodology for IP core protection in neuromorphic computing systems, in-corporating elliptic curve cryptography and SM4 simultaneously. Experimental results confirm that the proposed method can implement real-time encryption of any number of crossbar arrays in neuromorphic systems accurately, while reducing the time overhead by 14.40%-26.08%.
2020-11-09
Karmakar, R., Jana, S. S., Chattopadhyay, S..  2019.  A Cellular Automata Guided Obfuscation Strategy For Finite-State-Machine Synthesis. 2019 56th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC). :1–6.
A popular countermeasure against IP piracy relies on obfuscating the Finite State Machine (FSM), which is assumed to be the heart of a digital system. In this paper, we propose to use a special class of non-group additive cellular automata (CA) called D1 * CA, and it's counterpart D1 * CAdual to obfuscate each state-transition of an FSM. The synthesized FSM exhibits correct state-transitions only for a correct key, which is a designer's secret. The proposed easily testable key-controlled FSM synthesis scheme can thwart reverse engineering attacks, thus offers IP protection.
2020-08-17
Chen, Huili, Fu, Cheng, Rouhani, Bita Darvish, Zhao, Jishen, Koushanfar, Farinaz.  2019.  DeepAttest: An End-to-End Attestation Framework for Deep Neural Networks. 2019 ACM/IEEE 46th Annual International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA). :487–498.
Emerging hardware architectures for Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) are being commercialized and considered as the hardware- level Intellectual Property (IP) of the device providers. However, these intelligent devices might be abused and such vulnerability has not been identified. The unregulated usage of intelligent platforms and the lack of hardware-bounded IP protection impair the commercial advantage of the device provider and prohibit reliable technology transfer. Our goal is to design a systematic methodology that provides hardware-level IP protection and usage control for DNN applications on various platforms. To address the IP concern, we present DeepAttest, the first on-device DNN attestation method that certifies the legitimacy of the DNN program mapped to the device. DeepAttest works by designing a device-specific fingerprint which is encoded in the weights of the DNN deployed on the target platform. The embedded fingerprint (FP) is later extracted with the support of the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). The existence of the pre-defined FP is used as the attestation criterion to determine whether the queried DNN is authenticated. Our attestation framework ensures that only authorized DNN programs yield the matching FP and are allowed for inference on the target device. DeepAttest provisions the device provider with a practical solution to limit the application usage of her manufactured hardware and prevents unauthorized or tampered DNNs from execution. We take an Algorithm/Software/Hardware co-design approach to optimize DeepAttest's overhead in terms of latency and energy consumption. To facilitate the deployment, we provide a high-level API of DeepAttest that can be seamlessly integrated into existing deep learning frameworks and TEEs for hardware-level IP protection and usage control. Extensive experiments corroborate the fidelity, reliability, security, and efficiency of DeepAttest on various DNN benchmarks and TEE-supported platforms.
2020-07-30
Zhang, Jin, Jin, Dahai, Gong, Yunzhan.  2018.  File Similarity Determination Based on Function Call Graph. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Electronics and Communication Engineering (ICECE). :55—59.
The similarity detection of the program has important significance in code reuse, plagiarism detection, intellectual property protection and information retrieval methods. Attribute counting methods cannot take into account program semantics. The method based on syntax tree or graph structure has a very high construction cost and low space efficiency. So it is difficult to solve problems in large-scale software systems. This paper uses different decision strategies for different levels, then puts forward a similarity detection method at the file level. This method can make full use of the features of the program and take into account the space-time efficiency. By using static analysis methods, we get function features and control flow features of files. And based on this, we establish the function call graph. The similar degree between two files can be measured with the two graphs. Experimental results show the method can effectively detect similar files. Finally, this paper discusses the direction of development of this method.
Patnaik, Satwik, Ashraf, Mohammed, Sinanoglu, Ozgur, Knechtel, Johann.  2018.  Best of Both Worlds: Integration of Split Manufacturing and Camouflaging into a Security-Driven CAD Flow for 3D ICs. 2018 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD). :1—8.

With the globalization of manufacturing and supply chains, ensuring the security and trustworthiness of ICs has become an urgent challenge. Split manufacturing (SM) and layout camouflaging (LC) are promising techniques to protect the intellectual property (IP) of ICs from malicious entities during and after manufacturing (i.e., from untrusted foundries and reverse-engineering by end-users). In this paper, we strive for “the best of both worlds,” that is of SM and LC. To do so, we extend both techniques towards 3D integration, an up-and-coming design and manufacturing paradigm based on stacking and interconnecting of multiple chips/dies/tiers. Initially, we review prior art and their limitations. We also put forward a novel, practical threat model of IP piracy which is in line with the business models of present-day design houses. Next, we discuss how 3D integration is a naturally strong match to combine SM and LC. We propose a security-driven CAD and manufacturing flow for face-to-face (F2F) 3D ICs, along with obfuscation of interconnects. Based on this CAD flow, we conduct comprehensive experiments on DRC-clean layouts. Strengthened by an extensive security analysis (also based on a novel attack to recover obfuscated F2F interconnects), we argue that entering the next, third dimension is eminent for effective and efficient IP protection.

Shey, James, Karimi, Naghmeh, Robucci, Ryan, Patel, Chintan.  2018.  Design-Based Fingerprinting Using Side-Channel Power Analysis for Protection Against IC Piracy. 2018 IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI (ISVLSI). :614—619.

Intellectual property (IP) and integrated circuit (IC) piracy are of increasing concern to IP/IC providers because of the globalization of IC design flow and supply chains. Such globalization is driven by the cost associated with the design, fabrication, and testing of integrated circuits and allows avenues for piracy. To protect the designs against IC piracy, we propose a fingerprinting scheme based on side-channel power analysis and machine learning methods. The proposed method distinguishes the ICs which realize a modified netlist, yet same functionality. Our method doesn't imply any hardware overhead. We specifically focus on the ability to detect minimal design variations, as quantified by the number of logic gates changed. Accuracy of the proposed scheme is greater than 96 percent, and typically 99 percent in detecting one or more gate-level netlist changes. Additionally, the effect of temperature has been investigated as part of this work. Results depict 95.4 percent accuracy in detecting the exact number of gate changes when data and classifier use the same temperature, while training with different temperatures results in 33.6 percent accuracy. This shows the effectiveness of building temperature-dependent classifiers from simulations at known operating temperatures.

Perez, Claudio A., Estévez, Pablo A, Galdames, Francisco J., Schulz, Daniel A., Perez, Juan P., Bastías, Diego, Vilar, Daniel R..  2018.  Trademark Image Retrieval Using a Combination of Deep Convolutional Neural Networks. 2018 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN). :1—7.
Trademarks are recognizable images and/or words used to distinguish various products or services. They become associated with the reputation, innovation, quality, and warranty of the products. Countries around the world have offices for industrial/intellectual property (IP) registration. A new trademark image in application for registration should be distinct from all the registered trademarks. Due to the volume of trademark registration applications and the size of the databases containing existing trademarks, it is impossible for humans to make all the comparisons visually. Therefore, technological tools are essential for this task. In this work we use a pre-trained, publicly available Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) VGG19 that was trained on the ImageNet database. We adapted the VGG19 for the trademark image retrieval (TIR) task by fine tuning the network using two different databases. The VGG19v was trained with a database organized with trademark images using visual similarities, and the VGG19c was trained using trademarks organized by using conceptual similarities. The database for the VGG19v was built using trademarks downloaded from the WEB, and organized by visual similarity according to experts from the IP office. The database for the VGG19c was built using trademark images from the United States Patent and Trademarks Office and organized according to the Vienna conceptual protocol. The TIR was assessed using the normalized average rank for a test set from the METU database that has 922,926 trademark images. We computed the normalized average ranks for VGG19v, VGG19c, and for a combination of both networks. Our method achieved significantly better results on the METU database than those published previously.
Ernawan, Ferda, Kabir, Muhammad Nomani.  2018.  A blind watermarking technique using redundant wavelet transform for copyright protection. 2018 IEEE 14th International Colloquium on Signal Processing Its Applications (CSPA). :221—226.
A digital watermarking technique is an alternative method to protect the intellectual property of digital images. This paper presents a hybrid blind watermarking technique formulated by combining RDWT with SVD considering a trade-off between imperceptibility and robustness. Watermark embedding locations are determined using a modified entropy of the host image. Watermark embedding is employed by examining the orthogonal matrix U obtained from the hybrid scheme RDWT-SVD. In the proposed scheme, the watermark image in binary format is scrambled by Arnold chaotic map to provide extra security. Our scheme is tested under different types of signal processing and geometrical attacks. The test results demonstrate that the proposed scheme provides higher robustness and less distortion than other existing schemes in withstanding JPEG2000 compression, cropping, scaling and other noises.
Holland, Martin, Stjepandić, Josip, Nigischer, Christopher.  2018.  Intellectual Property Protection of 3D Print Supply Chain with Blockchain Technology. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation (ICE/ITMC). :1—8.
Within “Industrie 4.0” approach 3D printing technology is characterized as one of the disruptive innovations. Conventional supply chains are replaced by value-added networks. The spatially distributed development of printed components, e.g. for the rapid delivery of spare parts, creates a new challenge when differentiating between “original part”, “copy” or “counterfeit” becomes necessary. This is especially true for safety-critical products. Based on these changes classic branded products adopt the characteristics of licensing models as we know them in the areas of software and digital media. This paper describes the use of digital rights management as a key technology for the successful transition to Additive Manufacturing methods and a key for its commercial implementation and the prevention of intellectual property theft. Risks will be identified along the process chain and solution concepts are presented. These are currently being developed by an 8-partner project named SAMPL (Secure Additive Manufacturing Platform).
Cammarota, Rosario, Banerjee, Indranil, Rosenberg, Ofer.  2018.  Machine Learning IP Protection. 2018 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD). :1—3.

Machine learning, specifically deep learning is becoming a key technology component in application domains such as identity management, finance, automotive, and healthcare, to name a few. Proprietary machine learning models - Machine Learning IP - are developed and deployed at the network edge, end devices and in the cloud, to maximize user experience. With the proliferation of applications embedding Machine Learning IPs, machine learning models and hyper-parameters become attractive to attackers, and require protection. Major players in the semiconductor industry provide mechanisms on device to protect the IP at rest and during execution from being copied, altered, reverse engineered, and abused by attackers. In this work we explore system security architecture mechanisms and their applications to Machine Learning IP protection.

Sengupta, Anirban, Roy, Dipanjan.  2018.  Reusable intellectual property core protection for both buyer and seller. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE). :1—3.
This paper presents a methodology for IP core protection of CE devices from both buyer's and seller's perspective. In the presented methodology, buyer fingerprint is embedded along seller watermark during architectural synthesis phase of IP core design. The buyer fingerprint is inserted during scheduling phase while seller watermark is implanted during register allocation phase of architectural synthesis process. The presented approach provides a robust mechanisms of IP core protection for both buyer and seller at zero area overhead, 1.1 % latency overhead and 0.95 % design cost overhead compared to a similar approach (that provides only protection to IP seller).
Zapirain, Esteban Aitor, Maris Massa, Stella.  2018.  Intellectual Property Management in Serious Games. 2018 IEEE Biennial Congress of Argentina (ARGENCON). :1—5.
The aim of this work is to perform an analysis on Technology Transfer strategies for the development of Serious Games at Public National Universities. The results can be extrapolated to other research topics and institutions. First of all, the University role as a producer of knowledge is studied, and possible scenarios for Technology Transfer to third-parties are considered. Moreover, the actors involved in the research and development processes and their corresponding Intellectual Property rights on the Research Results are identified and analysed. Finally, an Intellectual Property Rights protection analysis is undertaken to the different components of a Serious Game type of product, through the modalities of invention patents, utility models, industrial models and designs, brands and author rights. The work concludes that public universities are best fitted as knowledge factories, and the most promising scenario in Technology Transfer is that universities manage their Intellectual Property Rights and licence them to third-party institutions to handle commercialization, while keeping favorable conditions to finance subsequent research and ensuring that products derived from Research Results will be reachable by the society.
TÎTU, Mihail Aurel, POP, Alina Bianca, ŢÎŢU, Ştefan.  2018.  The correlation between intellectual property management and quality management in the modern knowledge-based economy. 2018 10th International Conference on Electronics, Computers and Artificial Intelligence (ECAI). :1—6.
The aim of this research paper is to highlight the intellectual property place and role within an industrial knowledge-based organization which performs design activities. The research begins by presenting the importance of integrating intellectual property policy implementation with quality policy. The research is based on the setting of objectives in the intellectual property field. This research also establishes some intellectual property strategies, and improvement measures for intellectual property protection management. The basis for these activities is correlation of the quality policy with an intellectual property policy, as well as the point of strength identified in the studied organization. The issues discussed in this scientific paper conclude on the possibility of the implementation of standards in the intellectual property field.
Wang, Tianhao, Kerschbaum, Florian.  2019.  Attacks on Digital Watermarks for Deep Neural Networks. ICASSP 2019 - 2019 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP). :2622—2626.
Training deep neural networks is a computationally expensive task. Furthermore, models are often derived from proprietary datasets that have been carefully prepared and labelled. Hence, creators of deep learning models want to protect their models against intellectual property theft. However, this is not always possible, since the model may, e.g., be embedded in a mobile app for fast response times. As a countermeasure watermarks for deep neural networks have been developed that embed secret information into the model. This information can later be retrieved by the creator to prove ownership. Uchida et al. proposed the first such watermarking method. The advantage of their scheme is that it does not compromise the accuracy of the model prediction. However, in this paper we show that their technique modifies the statistical distribution of the model. Using this modification we can not only detect the presence of a watermark, but even derive its embedding length and use this information to remove the watermark by overwriting it. We show analytically that our detection algorithm follows consequentially from their embedding algorithm and propose a possible countermeasure. Our findings shall help to refine the definition of undetectability of watermarks for deep neural networks.
Liang, Tung-Che, Chakrabarty, Krishnendu, Karri, Ramesh.  2019.  Programmable Daisychaining of Microelectrodes for IP Protection in MEDA Biochips. 2019 IEEE International Test Conference (ITC). :1—10.

As digital microfluidic biochips (DMFBs) make the transition to the marketplace for commercial exploitation, security and intellectual property (IP) protection are emerging as important design considerations. Recent studies have shown that DMFBs are vulnerable to reverse engineering aimed at stealing biomolecular protocols (IP theft). The IP piracy of proprietary protocols may lead to significant losses for pharmaceutical and biotech companies. The micro-electrode-dot-array (MEDA) is a next-generation DMFB platform that supports real-time sensing of droplets and has the added advantage of important security protections. However, real-time sensing offers opportunities to an attacker to steal the biochemical IP. We show that the daisychaining of microelectrodes and the use of one-time-programmability in MEDA biochips provides effective bitstream scrambling of biochemical protocols. To examine the strength of this solution, we develop a SAT attack that can unscramble the bitstreams through repeated observations of bioassays executed on the MEDA platform. Based on insights gained from the SAT attack, we propose an advanced defense against IP theft. Simulation results using real-life biomolecular protocols confirm that while the SAT attack is effective for simple instances, our advanced defense can thwart it for realistic MEDA biochips and real-life protocols.

Sun, Peiqi, Cui, Aijiao.  2019.  A New Pay-Per-Use Scheme for the Protection of FPGA IP. 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS). :1—5.
Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are widely applied in various fields for its merit of reconfigurability. The reusable intellectual property (IP) design blocks are usually adopted in the more complex FPGA designs to shorten design cycle. IP infringement hence becomes a concern. In this paper, we propose a new pay-per-use scheme using the lock and key mechanism for the protection of FPGA IP. Physical Unclonable Function (PUF) is adopted to generate a unique ID for each IP instance. An extra Finite State Machine (FSM) is introduced for the secure retrieval of PUF information by the FPGA IP vendor. The lock is implemented on the original FSM. Only when the FPGA developer can provide a correct license, can the FSM be unlocked and start normal operation. The FPGA IP can hence be protected from illegal use or distribution. The scheme is applied on some benchmarks and the experimental results show that it just incurs acceptably low overhead while it can resist typical attacks.