Visible to the public SoCINT: Resilient System-on-Chip via Dynamic Intrusion Detection

TitleSoCINT: Resilient System-on-Chip via Dynamic Intrusion Detection
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsSayed-Ahmed, Amr, Haj-Yahya, Jawad, Chattopadhyay, Anupam
Conference Name2019 32nd International Conference on VLSI Design and 2019 18th International Conference on Embedded Systems (VLSID)
Date PublishedJan. 2019
ISBN Number978-1-7281-0409-6
Keywordscomposability, dynamic intrusion detection approach, field programmable gate arrays, FPGA platform, Hardware, hardware security, hardware tracing, Hardware Trojans, industrial property, intellectual properties, intellectual property security, Intrusion detection, IP networks, Monitoring, open source processor, policy-based governance, pubcrawl, Registers, resilience, Resiliency, runtime system, security, SoCINT, SoCs, software tools, system-on-chip, Trojan horses

Modern multicore System-on-Chips (SoCs) are regularly designed with third-party Intellectual Properties (IPs) and software tools to manage the complexity and development cost. This approach naturally introduces major security concerns, especially for those SoCs used in critical applications and cyberinfrastructure. Despite approaches like split manufacturing, security testing and hardware metering, this remains an open and challenging problem. In this work, we propose a dynamic intrusion detection approach to address the security challenge. The proposed runtime system (SoCINT) systematically gathers information about untrusted IPs and strictly enforces the access policies. SoCINT surpasses the-state-of-the-art monitoring systems by supporting hardware tracing, for more robust analysis, together with providing smart counterintelligence strategies. SoCINT is implemented in an open source processor running on a commercial FPGA platform. The evaluation results validate our claims by demonstrating resilience against attacks exploiting erroneous or malicious IPs.

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