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Overcoming an Untrusted Computing Base: Detecting and Removing Malicious Hardware Automatically

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Overcoming an Untrusted Computing Base: Detecting and Removing Malicious Hardware Automatically
The computer systems security arms race between attackers and defenders has largely taken place in the domain of software systems, but as hardware complexity and design processes have evolved, novel and potent hardware-based security threats are now possible. This paper presents a hybrid hardware/software approach to defending against malicious hardware. We propose BlueChip, a defensive strategy that has both a design-time component and a runtime component. During the design verification phase, BlueChip invokes a new technique, unused circuit identification (UCI), to identify suspicious circuitry—those circuits not used or otherwise activated by any of the design verification tests. BlueChip removes the suspicious circuitry and replaces it with exception generation hardware. The exception handler software is responsible for providing forward progress by emulating the effect of the exceptiongenerating instruction in software, effectively providing a detour around suspicious hardwa...
Matthew Hicks, Murph Finnicum, Samuel T. King, Mil
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Year 2010
Where SP
Authors Matthew Hicks, Murph Finnicum, Samuel T. King, Milo M. K. Martin, Jonathan M. Smith
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