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Hacking FPGAs & SoC FPGAs

Oren Hollander

Hacking FPGAs & SoC FPGAs
Oren Hollander

FPGAs are increasingly being used in sensitive applications. Examples include our national infrastructures (power grids, network routers, satellites), transportation (planes, trains, automobiles), military equipment (weapons, radar, software  defined radio) and medical devices.

Unfortunately, as FPGA hardware continues to become more powerful and cheaper, it also becomes more attractive to attackers to attempt and exploit any security weakness in them.

Such attacks have serious consequences. They can steal confidential information, modify the system to perform devious, unintended activities, perform denial of service, or even destroy the system.

Therefore, securing is of utmost importance!

Unfortunately, the security of FPGA has largely been ignored (until recently).

In this talk we discuss the possible attacks against FPGAs & SoC FPGAs, and what are the technologies, methods, tools and techniques that are used to secure FPGAs.

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