Periodic Reporting for period 3 - EPoCH (Exploring and Preventing Cryptographic Hardware Backdoors: Protecting the Internet of Things against Next-Generation Attacks)
Reporting period: 2019-10-01 to 2021-03-31
EPoCH has the ambitious goal to comprehensively understand and counter low-level backdoor attacks. The required research has two main objectives: (1) The development of an encompassing understanding of how hardware manipulations of cryptographic functions can actually be performed, and what the consequences are for the system security. (2) The development of hardware countermeasures that provide systematic protection against malicious manipulations. In contrast to detection-based methods which dominate the literature, our approach will be pro-active. We will develop solutions for instances of important problems, including hardware reverse
engineering and hiding. Little is known about the limits of and optimum approaches to both problems in specific settings.
Beyond prevention of hardware Trojans, the research has applications in IP protection, detection of patent infringement..