SAFE-OPS: An Approach to Embedded Software Security

Joseph Zambreno, Alok Choudhary, Rahul Simha, Bhagi Narahari, Nasir Memon

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The new-found ubiquity of embedded processors in consumer and industrial applications brings with it an intensified focus on security, as a strong level of trust in the system software is crucial to their widespread deployment. The growing area of software protection attempts to address the key steps used by hackers in attacking a software system. In this paper, we introduce a unique approach to embedded software protection that utilizes a hardware/software codesign methodology. Results demonstrate that this framework can be the successful basis for the development of embedded applications that meet a wide range of security and performance requirements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-210
Number of pages22
JournalACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2005


  • Design
  • HW/SW codesign
  • Measurement
  • Performance
  • Security
  • Software protection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture


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