Establishing Hardware Trust: Challenges, Opportunities and (Im)possibilities

Speaker:  Todd Michael Austin – Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Topic(s):  Architecture, Embedded Systems and Electronics, Robotics


Much of the future success of computing rests on our ability to establish trust in the hardware we build. In this talk, I will argue that the primary approach taken to build secure hardware, namely adding security measures to thwart attacks, is fundamentally flawed because practical systems cannot be declared provably secure. Strangely, for security it is better to take away than to give. By removing the mechanisms used to implement attacks, it becomes possible to build large provably safe systems. The approach will be shown applied to code injection and timing-based side channels. While these "subtractive" approaches are powerful, it still remains to be seen if the techniques are composable and applicable to emerging hardware security threats.

About this Lecture

Number of Slides:  34
Duration:  50 minutes
Languages Available:  English
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