High-Level Synthesis of Benevolent Trojans

Christian Pilato, Kanad Basu, Mohammed Shayan, Francesco Regazzoni, Ramesh Karri

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Abstract

High-Level Synthesis (HLS) allows designers to create a register transfer level (RTL) description of a digital circuit starting from its high-level specification (e.g., C/C++/SystemC). HLS reduces engineering effort and design-time errors, allowing the integration of additional features. This study introduces an approach to generate benevolent Hardware Trojans (HT) using HLS. Benevolent HTs are Intellectual Property (IP) watermarks that borrow concepts from well-known malicious HTs to ward off piracy and counterfeiting either during the design flow or in fielded integrated circuits. Benevolent HTs are difficult to detect and remove because they are intertwined with the functional units used to implement the IP. Experimental results testify to the suitability of the approach and the limited overhead.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1124-1129
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783981926323
DOIs
StatePublished - May 14 2019
Event22nd Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 2019 - Florence, Italy
Duration: Mar 25 2019Mar 29 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2019 Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 2019

Conference

Conference22nd Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 2019
CountryItaly
CityFlorence
Period3/25/193/29/19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Control and Optimization

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    Pilato, C., Basu, K., Shayan, M., Regazzoni, F., & Karri, R. (2019). High-Level Synthesis of Benevolent Trojans. In Proceedings of the 2019 Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 2019 (pp. 1124-1129). [8715199] (Proceedings of the 2019 Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 2019). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.23919/DATE.2019.8715199