Boffins Design Security Chip to Spot Hidden Hardware Trojans in Processors

When fabs go rogue.

Scientists at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering have designed a new form of application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) designed to spot hidden vulnerabilities deep within a processor' s design. 

Very few people run their own chip fabrication plants these days. Most processors are designed by one firm, which then outsources the actual building of the hardware to a company that has already spent many billions putting together a manufacturing facility. The fear is that a contractor might try and slip a hidden piece of architecture that could make the hardware insecure. 

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