High-Level Synthesis for side-channel defense

S. T.Choden Konigsmark, Deming Chen, Martin D.F. Wong

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Abstract

The Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing rely on strong confidence in security of confidential or highly privacy sensitive data. Therefore, side-channel leakage is an important threat, but countermeasures require expert-level security knowledge for efficient application, limiting adoption. This work addresses this need by presenting the first High-Level Synthesis (HLS) flow with primary focus on side-channel leakage reduction. Minimal security annotation to the high-level C-code is sufficient to perform automatic analysis of security critical operations with corresponding insertion of countermeasures. Additionally, imbalanced branches are detected and corrected. For practicality, the flow can meet both resource and information leakage constraints. The presented flow is extensively evaluated on established HLS benchmarks and a general IoT benchmark. Under identical resource constraints, leakage is reduced between 32% and 72% compared to the reference. Under leakage target, the constraints are achieved with 31% to 81% less resource overhead.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE 28th International Conference on Application-Specific Systems, Architectures and Processors, ASAP 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages37-44
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781509048250
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 28 2017
Event28th IEEE International Conference on Application-Specific Systems, Architectures and Processors, ASAP 2017 - Seattle, United States
Duration: Jul 10 2017Jul 12 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Application-Specific Systems, Architectures and Processors
ISSN (Print)1063-6862

Other

Other28th IEEE International Conference on Application-Specific Systems, Architectures and Processors, ASAP 2017
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period7/10/177/12/17

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Keywords

  • High-Level Synthesis
  • Security
  • Side-Channel Leakage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Konigsmark, S. T. C., Chen, D., & Wong, M. D. F. (2017). High-Level Synthesis for side-channel defense. In 2017 IEEE 28th International Conference on Application-Specific Systems, Architectures and Processors, ASAP 2017 (pp. 37-44). [7995257] (Proceedings of the International Conference on Application-Specific Systems, Architectures and Processors). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ASAP.2017.7995257