ELEC 5970/ELEC 6970 - Introduction to Hardware Security

Fall 2017, TuTh 11:00AM-12:15PM, Broun 306

    Secure electronics has been playing an important role in safeguarding our society and day-to-day lives. Many different electronic devices that are connected to the Internet and have exhibited an increasing level of heterogeneity in recent years. Maintaining security over all these different devices becomes extremely challenging as they are being designed and manufactured in an environment with limited trust and visibility. Various new attacks are emerging to circumvent existing security measures. To enable secure and trust-worthy operation, it is absolutely necessary to understand various attacks and incorporate appropriate security measures. This course is intended for the graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in designing secure systems. This course provides an in-depth analysis of various topics, which includes detection & avoidance of counterfeit ICs, security primitives, cryptography, and side-channel attacks.
Course Syllabus

Instructor: Ujjwal Guin, Assistant Professor

Reference Books:
  1. Understanding Cryptography: A Textbook for Students and Practitioners, C. Paar, and Jan Pelz, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2010, ISBN 978-3-642-04100-6
  2. Counterfeit Integrated Circuits: Detection and Avoidance, M. M. Tehranipoor, U. Guin, and D. Forte, Springer International Publishing, 2015, ISBN: 978-3-319-11823-9
  3. Introduction to Hardware Security and Trust, M. Tehranipoor, C. Wang, Springer-Verlag New York, 2012, ISBN 978-1-4419-8079-3
Exam Schedule:
  1. Test 1, November 2, 11:00AM-12:15PM, Broun 306, use only 4 sheets of paper.
  2. Test 1, TBD, 11:00AM-12:15PM, Broun 306, use only 4 sheets of paper.
  3. Final Exam, December 13, 12:00 - 2:30PM, Broun 306, Open book and notes.
  1. HW1: Assigned 08/31/17 - Due 09/05/17
Topics (28 class meetings/75 minutes each):
  1. Introduction
  2. Introduction to Cryptography
  3. Symmetric Ciphers
  4. Asymmetric Ciphers
  5. Message Authentication Codes
  6. Digital Signatures
  7. Key Management
  8. Side-Channel Analysis
  9. Semiconductor Supply Chain
  10. Counterfeit Integrated Circuits
  11. Detection of Counterfeit ICs
  12. Avoidance of Counterfeit ICs
  13. Physically Unclonable Functions (PUFs)
  14. True Random Number Generators (TRNGs)
  15. Hardware Trojans (Self-study)
Recommended materials for further reading:
  1. Menezes, Alfred J., Paul C. Van Oorschot, and Scott A. Vanstone. Handbook of applied cryptography. CRC press, 1996.
  2. M. Tehranipoor, U. Guin, and S. Bhunia, " Invasion of the Hardware Snatchers: Cloned Electronics Pollute the Market", IEEE Spectrum, 2017.
  3. U. Guin, K. Huang, D. DiMase, J. M. Carulli Jr., M. Tehranipoor, and Y. Makris, " Counterfeit Integrated Circuits: A Rising Threat in the Global Semiconductor Supply Chain ," Proceedings of the IEEE, 2014.
  4. Adee, Sally. "The hunt for the kill switch." IEEE Spectrum, 2008.
Useful Links:
  1. US-CERT: United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team
  2. JavaScript Cryptography
  3. Creating Projects in Latex
  4. Manuscript Templates for Conference Proceedings
Related Conferences and Journals:
  1. Conference on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems (CHES)
  2. IEEE International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust (HOST)
  3. Design Automation Conference (DAC)
  4. International Test Conference (ITC)
  5. International Conference On Computer Aided Design (ICCAD)
  6. IEEE VLSI Test Symposium (VTS)
  7. IEEE Security & Privacy
  8. IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC)
  9. Journal of Hardware and Systems Security (HaSS)