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Application of ICmetrics for Embedded System Security

Zhai, Xiaojun and Appiah, Kofi and Ehsan, Shoaib and Hu, Huosheng and Gu, Dongbing and McDonald-Maier, Klaus and Cheung, Wah M and Howells, Gareth (2013) Application of ICmetrics for Embedded System Security. In: 2013 Fourth International Conference on Emerging Security Technologies (EST), 2013-09-09 - 2013-09-11, Cambridge, UK.

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Abstract

Integrated Circuit Metrics (ICmetrics) technology is concerned with the extraction of measurable features of an embedded system, capable of uniquely identifying the system's behaviour. Any changes in these identifiers (profiles) during consequent devices' operation would signal about a possible safety or security breach within the electronic system. This paper explores the combination of program counter (PC) and Cycles per Instructions (CPI) of a processor core as a potential ICmetrics source for embedded system security. The use of this combination exhibits that while isolated PC values may not always generate a stable identifier (profile) for a device that would distinguish the device from the rest in a considered set, the PC and CPI sequences and frequencies in the execution flow may serve as suitable ICmetrics features.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published proceedings: 2013 Fourth International Conference on Emerging Security Technologies
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2014 12:40
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2020 17:42
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/9247

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