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Nov 25, 2013 (3 years and 10 months ago)

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POST
-
DOCTORAL
POSITION

HINT Project

(www.hint
-
project.eu)

Contact Person

:

Dr
Jean
-
Baptiste Rigaud

880 Route de Mimet

13541 Gardanne

France

Tel

: +33 (0)4 42 61 67 3
3

rigaud@emse.fr

Start date

: as soon as po
ssible

Lab

:

ENSMSE/
CMP
-
GC/SAS


Duration

: 24

months



Context

M
odern ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) systems involve complex schemes like in
homeland security markets (avionics, critical infrastructures, SCADA systems, cyber securi
ty, RFIDs…),
embedded systems (health, transport, defence, consumer electronics, telecommunication…), smart
cards (bank cards, ID cards, Pay TV cards, transportation, (U)SIM…) and personal identity
technologies (passports or travel documents…).

The securit
y of such systems, which relies on the
authenticity and integrity of the hardware components used to implement them, is continuously
challenged by improving attacks. Hence new methods for testing and

guaranteeing the authenticity
and the

integrity of those

hardware devices must be sought.

Physical attacks, based on the passive or
active spying of those devices, are ‘proven’ ways of retrieving secret data out of them. Today’s
security circuits offer protections against these attacks, but an absolute protecti
on is not possible in
practice and the need of extra barriers arises, especially with the growing concerns about the fact
that:




counterfeiting of hardware components is dramatically increasing, with approximately 5
-
20%
of counterfeited components on the m
arket.



the threat of “Trojans” or hidden functions in Integrated Circuits (IC) is moving from theory to
practice.

The HINT project (funded under the EU 7
th

Framework Program under the grant
#317930
)
addresses these new challenges by proposing the developm
ent of novel technologies to guarantee
that a system is a genuine and non
-
modified one. Those technologies shall help to guarantee the
authenticity and integrity of the hardware components used in a given system.



Secure architectures and platforms, where s
ecure storage and computations are managed by
hardware components, have shown their efficiency for many applications, from user’s identification
and authentication (e
-
id, banking cards), to ensuring the security of more complex systems (HSM,
SAM, TPM, root

of trust). However, even if the security of such tamper proof (or tamper resistant)
integrated circuits is better than any other solution, some weaknesses still exist.

The HINT project
addresses these problems and intends to develop technologies

enabling
to:



perform “on board” integrated checking of the global integrity of a system (hardware and
embedded software)
,



check the “genuineness“ of the secure integrated circuits (detection of functional clones or of
counterfeited circuits), using PUF
-
based authen
tication schemes



and

detect the presence of Hardware Trojans.


To achieve those goals, the HINT project focuses on specific technologies like:



the PUF technology, enabling to authenticate a given hardware component using a physical,
intrinsic and unique s
ignature of the device.



SCA (Side Channel Analysis) based analysis to monitor the behaviour of hardware
components and to detect changes from their original specifications and implementations.

Job Description

On top of being the technical coordinator of th
e HINT project, the main contribution of the ENSMSE
the French
Grande Ecole
‘Ecole des Mines de Saint Etienne’, in collaboration with the CEA
‘Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux energies alternatives’, is to investigate about the us
e of
the side chan
nels, mainly electro
-
m
agnetic emissions, to verify the integrity of a given system
(hardware device, or hardware+software or hardware+software+sensors…). The objective is to
devise and demonstrate a measurement methodology for determining the origins of a
given circuit
or the origins of the software running on it or for detecting any malicious modification of the system.
In this context
,

the

post
-
doctoral fellow

shall



Monitor and implement state
-
of
-
the
-
art techniques for side channel analysis.



Determine the

measurement characteristics to be exploited.



Define and implement a robust protocol for identifying and/or authentifying a given
system.



Build the body of knowledge and disseminate through world class technical journal
papers or through presentations at p
eer
-
reviewed international conferences.


A
ll this in the context of an EU research project involving seven different partners from 4 different
countries.




Applicant’s profile

Applicants shall

-

PhD degree
in the field of hardware security and/or systems’ des
ign.

-

Be fluent in English (both written and spoken).

-

Be autonomous and creative.