Colin O'Flynn has developed the world's first open-source platform
(ChipWhisperer) for side-channel power analysis and glitching attacks, and
has spoken around the world about the application of this platform to
various targets. Previously he worked developing low-power wireless embedded
systems and completed a PhD in embedded security. He lives in Halifax,
NS, Canada where he's an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University, run's
a start-up (NewAE Technology Inc) and continues to write about embedded
systems for Circuit Cellar magazine.
Hardware Security Analysis on Soft-Core RISC-V Processors
Attacks against embedded systems cover a wide range of surfaces. Some of them, such as power analysis and fault injection, are low-level attacks that depend on the construction of the microcontroller running your firmware. The release of open-source RISC-V microcontroller cores allows you to investigate how changes in the microcontroller core impacts these attacks in a way that using off-the-shelf microcontrollers never allowed before. This talk will demonstrate how power analysis & fault injection works, and then demonstrate how you can setup different types of RISC-V cores on a FPGA platform to perform these sorts of attacks.