Hardware

Detecting/Preventing Information Leakage on the Memory Bus due to Malicious Hardware

Date Added: Mar 2011
Format: PDF

An increasing concern amongst designers and integrators of military and defense-related systems is the underlying security of the individual microprocessor components that make up these systems. Malicious circuitry can be inserted and hidden at several stages of the design process through the use of third-party Intellectual Property (IP), design tools, and manufacturing facilities. Such hardware Trojan circuitry has been shown to be capable of shutting down the main processor after a random number of cycles, broadcasting sensitive information over the bus, and bypassing software authentication mechanisms. In this paper, the authors propose an architecture that can prevent information leakage due to such malicious hardware.