Ensuring Secure Application Execution and Platform Specific Execution in Embedded Devices

Robert Lee, Konstantinos Markantonakis, Raja Naeem Akram

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is expanding at a large rate, with devices found in commercial and domestic settings from industrial sensors to home appliances. However, as the IoT market grows, so does the number of attacks made against it with some reports claiming an increase of 600% in 2017. This work seeks to prevent code replacement, injection and exploitation attacks by ensuring correct and platform specific application execution. This combines two previously studied problems: secure application execution and binding hardware and software. We present descriptions of both problems and requirements for ensuring both simultaneously. We then propose a scheme extending previous work that meets these requirements, and describe our implementationof the soft-core Secure Execution Processor developed and tested on Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA. Finally, we analyse the scheme and our implementation according to performance and the requirements listed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number26
Number of pages21
JournalACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems
Issue number3
Early online date30 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

Bibliographical note

Robert P. Lee is supported by the EPSRC and the UK government as part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security at Royal Holloway, University of London (EP/K035584/1).


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