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Foundations for Forgery-Resistant Security Hardware

Foundations for Forgery-Resistant Security Hardware

Objective

The goal of the UNIQUE project is to tackle the problem of counterfeiting of and tampering with Integrated Circuits (ICs). Since ICs are at the core of modern and often critical electronics products and IT systems it is very important that their integrity can be guaranteed. We will develop an integrated approach to protect hardware systems against counterfeiting, cloning, reverse engineering, tampering, and insertion of malicious components. The technical focus within UNIQUE is on the development of new hardware based security functionality for hardware systems and components in general but in particular for those ICs and hardware components that provide cryptographic and security services (e.g. cryptographic co-processors, smartcards) within modern IT and communication systems. These new components can be used as security anchors in the devices they are embedded in. ICs equipped with these security anchors are referred to as "security hardware". In order to address the IC counterfeiting and tampering problem comprehensively, we aim at investigating and developing a complete solution by covering all aspects starting from hardware-based crypto, security building blocks, security architectures, protocols and algorithms to system design and evaluation principles required to detect counterfeiting of or malicious components embedded in hardware. Finally, the feasibility of the developed concepts will be shown in a prototype.

Coordinator

TECHNIKON FORSCHUNGS- UND PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Address

Burgplatz 3a
9500 Villach

Austria

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 334 487

Administrative Contact

Klaus-Michael Koch (Dr.)

Participants (9)

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KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 460 968

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 746 016

R & S CYBERSECURITY SIRRIX GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 268 767

RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 21 304

THALES SIX GTS FRANCE SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 378 059

INTEL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION IRELAND LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 177 727

INTRINSIC ID B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 566 893

THALES SECURITY SYSTEMS SAS

France

THALES SECURITY SOLUTIONS & SERVICES SAS

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 238811

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2009

  • End date

    31 May 2012

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 201 365

  • EU contribution

    € 2 954 221

Coordinated by:

TECHNIKON FORSCHUNGS- UND PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria