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Proof-Carrying Hardware: Runtime Formal Verification for Secure Dynamic Reconfiguration

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1 Author(s)
Drzevitzky, S. ; Univ. of Paderborn, Paderborn, Germany

This article proposes Proof-carrying Hardware (PCH) as a novel approach to bring formal verification to hardware security for reconfigurable platforms. The Proof-carrying Hardware combines a hardware module and a formal proof of safety which adheres to a previously established safety policy. These are produced by an untrusted external source and delivered in a unsecured way. The proof can then comparatively easily be verified by the reconfigurable platform, i.e., with a fraction of the effort that was required for computing the proof. The consumer can trust the module without any previous guarantees about any step of the production or the transmission.

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Field Programmable Logic and Applications (FPL), 2010 International Conference on

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Aug. 31 2010-Sept. 2 2010