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Hardware Security

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BIK-HWB.21 Z,ZK 5 14KP+4KC Czech
Garant předmětu:
Jiří Buček
Jiří Buček
Jiří Buček
Department of Information Security

The course deals with hardware resources used to ensure security of computer systems including embedded ones. Students become familiar with the operating principles of cryptographic modules, security features of modern processors, and storage media protection through encryption. They will gain knowledge about vulnerabilities of HW resources, including side-channel attacks and tampering with hardware during manufacture. Students will have an overview of contact and contactless smart card technology including applications and related topics for multi-factor authentication (biometrics). Students will understand methods of efficient implementations of ciphers.


Basics of computer security and cryptography, programming.

Syllabus of lectures:

1. HW cryptographic modules, key storage.

2. Security elements of processor architectures.

3. Smart cards and tokens: Architectures and systems.

4. Smart cards and tokens: Authentication protocols.

5. Smart cards and tokens: RFID, Near Field Communication.

6. Methods of side channel attacks (power analysis, timing attack, electromagnetic analysis).

7. Storage encryption algorithms, introduction to polynomial arithmetic.

8. Efficient cipher implementation, AES cipher.

9. Physical unclonable functions.

10. True random and pseudorandom number generators.

11. Introduction to biometric identification methods.

12. Security of embedded devices, vulnerabilities of modern processors.

13. Trusted hardware design, hardware trojans.

Syllabus of tutorials:

1. Java Card programming - basic communication, encryption, digital signature

2. Side channel channel attack - fundamentals of differential power analysis

3. AES cipher - basic implementation, optimization for 32-bit platform, use of dedicated instructions (AES-NI)

Study Objective:
Study materials:

1. Mangard S., Oswald E., Popp T. : Power Analysis Attacks: Revealing the Secrets of Smart Cards. Springer, 2007. ISBN 387308571.

2. Tuyls P., Skoric B., Kevenaar T. : Security with Noisy Data: Private Biometrics, Secure Key Storage and Anti-Counterfeiting. Springer, 2007. ISBN 1846289831.

3. Bhunia S., Tehranipoor M. : Hardware Security: A Hands-on Learning Approach. Morgan Kaufmann, 2018. ISBN 9780128124772.

4. Rankl W., Effing W. : Smart Card Handbook (4th Edition). John Wiley & Sons, 2010. ISBN 978-0-470-74367-6.

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