What Chip Vulnerabilities May Be Lurking in Commercial IT Systems?

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Re: What Chip Vulnerabilities May Be Lurking in Commercial IT Systems?
t.alex   4/23/2013 11:45:21 AM

FPGA chip itself needs to fetch programmable data from memory to run. Perhaps this data is not encrypted and so it can be hacked. 

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Re: What Chip Vulnerabilities May Be Lurking in Commercial IT Systems?
Eric Sivertson   4/22/2013 3:33:26 PM

FPGAs are more vulnerable than most people realize.  Take a look at these two (2) links for more details:

  1. FPGA AES DPA Demo: http://www.cryptography.com/technology/dpa/fpga-board-video.html
  2. FPGA Protected Bitstream Vulnerability: http://gcn.com/articles/2011/07/25/fpga-chips-cracked-researchers-dpa.aspx


As you can see, obtaining the cryptographic keys from an FPGA is relatively easy using DPA methods.  On the commercial side of things, you will find many routers using FPGA technology.  So, not only should the military consumers be concerned, but also a large portion of the commerical IP infrastructure.  

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What Chip Vulnerabilities May Be Lurking in Commercial IT Systems?
HM   4/18/2013 7:58:29 AM

Its interesting to know that people can hack FPGAs. Doesnt look that simple though. Thought hardware is much difficult to crack then software. But yes counterfeit is a big busniess and when you order in larger quantities there are many chips that can be tampered.

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