Boffins Design Security Chip to Spot Hidden Hardware Trojans in Processors
When fabs go rogue.
- Iain Thomson for The Register August 24th, 2016
- Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/08/24/new_security_chip_to_spot_hidden_hardware_trojans_in_processors/
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.