Hardware Level Attacks presented at BSidesSLC 2014

by Doktor Unicorn,

Summary : A running computer program is not a mathematical abstraction, but a physical process taking place somewhere in the real world. This makes all programs and the devices they run on vulnerable to a variety of physical attacks that are often overlooked or dismissed as impractical. Sometimes they are unrealistic, but there are areas where such attacks are a primary concern, such as in the design of cryptoprocessors. This talk will provide an overview of the kinds of physical attacks, such as timing attacks, power analysis, compromising emanations (aka TEMPEST), hardware trojans, fault injection, and IC reversing, among others. And if all goes well, there will be a live demo or two.