Ensuring Secure Program Execution in Multiprocessor Embedded Systems: A Case Study

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Provided by: Association for Computing Machinery
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
Multiprocessor SoCs are increasingly deployed in embedded systems with little or no security features built in. Code Injection attacks are one of the most commonly encountered security threats. Most solutions to this problem in the single processor domain are purely software based and have high overheads. A few hardware solutions have been provided for the single processor case, which significantly reduce overheads. In this paper, for the first time, the authors propose a methodology addressing code injection attacks in a multiprocessor domain. A dedicated security (monitor) processor is used to oversee the application at runtime. Each processor communicates with the monitor processor through a FIFO queue, and is continuously checked.
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