Exposing vulnerabilities of untrusted computing platforms

Yier Jin, Michail Maniatakos, Yiorgos Makris

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


This work seeks to expose the vulnerability of un-trusted computing platforms used in critical systems to hardware Trojans and combined hardware/software attacks. As part of our entry in the Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) Embedded System Challenge hosted by NYU-Poly in 2011, we developed and presented 10 such processor-level hardware Trojans. These are split in five categories with various impacts, such as altering instruction memory, modifying the communication channel, stealing user information, changing interrupt handler location and RC-5 encryption algorithm checking of a medium complexity micro-processor (8051). Our work serves as a good starting point for researchers to develop Trojan detection and prevention methodologies on modern processor and to ensure trustworthiness of computing platforms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2012 IEEE 30th International Conference on Computer Design, ICCD 2012
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 IEEE 30th International Conference on Computer Design, ICCD 2012 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Sep 30 2012Oct 3 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Computer Design: VLSI in Computers and Processors
ISSN (Print)1063-6404


Other2012 IEEE 30th International Conference on Computer Design, ICCD 2012
CityMontreal, QC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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