Side-Channel Attacks Make Devices Vulnerable

As the world begins to take security more seriously, it becomes evident that a device is only as secure as its weakest component. No device can be made secure by protecting against a single kind of attack. Hypervisors add a layer of separation between tasks making sure that one task cannot steal secrets from another. Protection of the JTAG port is necessary to prevent access underneath the h... » read more

Rising Threats From Differential Power Analysis

Differential power analysis (DPA) has been a threat vector on the chip landscape for a number of years. It was discovered around the mid 1990s by the teams at [getentity id="22671" e_name="Rambus"]’ Cryptography Research Division, and turned out to be a very effective tool for compromising the ubiquitous SIM card environment. “The most traditional market for DPA has been with smart cards... » read more

Power Breaks Everything

The emphasis on lowering power in everything from wearable electronics to data centers is turning into a perfect storm for the semiconductor ecosystem. Existing methodologies need to be fixed, techniques need to be improved, and expectations need to be adjusted. And even then the problems won't go away. In the past, most issues involving power—notably current leakage, physical effects such... » read more

The Simple Way To Steal Data

Given all the propaganda that is currently floating around about what the IoT/E, CoT is or isn’t, will or won’t be, one thing is for sure – it will be flooded with autonomous objects, most of which most will be cheap, simple, and, as it stands now, unsecured. And, given the equation that: a) side channel attacks are relatively easy, and b) that many of the chips of IoT/E, CoT objects a... » read more