Protecting IoT Devices through a Hardware-driven Memory Verification

Troya Çağıl Köylü, Hans Okkerman, Cezar Rodolfo Wedig Reinbrecht, Said Hamdioui, Mottaqiallah Taouil

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Internet of things (IoT) devices are appearing in all aspects of our digital life. As such, they have become prime targets for attackers and hackers. An adequate protection against attacks is only possible when the confidentiality and integrity of the data and applications of these devices are secured. State-of-the-art solutions mostly address software and network attacks, but overlook physical/hardware attacks. Such attacks can still exploit software vulnerabilities or even introduce them. In this paper, we present embedded memory security (EMS); it protects against physical tampering of the memory of IoT devices. As a case study, we have equipped a RISC-V based system-on-chip (SoC) with an EMS module. Our experimental results show that EMS successfully can protect the SoC against hardware tampering attacks, while having a low performance overhead.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 24th Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design (DSD)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings
EditorsL. O'Conner
Place of PublicationPiscataway
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6654-2703-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-6654-2704-3
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event2021 24th Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design (DSD) - Virtual at Palermo, Spain
Duration: 1 Sept 20213 Sept 2021


Conference2021 24th Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design (DSD)
Abbreviated titleDSD 2021
CityVirtual at Palermo

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  • IoT
  • external memory protection
  • confidentiality
  • integrity
  • hardware security


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