Podcast EP32: Improving the Security of Hardware Designs

Podcast EP32: Improving the Security of Hardware Designs
by Daniel Nenni on 08-06-2021 at 10:00 am

Dan is joined by Dr. Alric Altoff, senior hardware security engineer at Tortuga Logic. The security risks associated with speculative execution are discussed along with scalable methods to address these risks.

Dr. Alric Altoff has over 15 years of experience in hardware security, hardware/software co-design, and applied … Read More


SoC Vulnerabilities

SoC Vulnerabilities
by Daniel Payne on 07-29-2021 at 6:00 am

side channel attack

As I read both the popular and technical press each week I often see articles about computer systems being hacked, and here’s just a few vulnerabilities from this week:

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Your Car Is a Smartphone on Wheels—and It Needs Smartphone Security

Your Car Is a Smartphone on Wheels—and It Needs Smartphone Security
by Taylor Armerding on 04-18-2021 at 10:00 am

Your Car Is a Smartphone on Wheels—and It Needs Smartphone Security

Your modern car is a computer on wheels—potentially hundreds of computers on a set of wheels. Heck, even the wheels are infested with computers—what do you think prompts that little light on your dashboard to come on if your tire pressure is low? And computers don’t just run your infotainment system, backup camera, dashboard warning

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Perforce Embedded DevOps Summit 2021 and the Path to Secure Collaboration on the Cloud

Perforce Embedded DevOps Summit 2021 and the Path to Secure Collaboration on the Cloud
by Mike Gianfagna on 03-04-2021 at 10:00 am

Perforce Embedded DevOps Summit 2021 and the Path to Secure Collaboration on the Cloud

Perforce recently held their virtual Embedded DevOps Summit. There was a lot of great presentations across many disciplines. Of particular interest to me, and likely to the SemiWiki readership as well, was a presentation by Warren Savage entitled Secure Collaboration on a Cloud-based Chip Design Environment. I’ll provide … Read More


CEO Interview: Pim Tuyls of Intrinsic ID

CEO Interview: Pim Tuyls of Intrinsic ID
by Daniel Nenni on 02-05-2021 at 6:00 am

Pim from bio

Pim Tuyls, CEO of Intrinsic ID, founded the company in 2008 as a spinout from Philips Research. It was at Philips, where he was Principal Scientist and managed the cryptography cluster, that he initiated the original work on Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs) that forms the basis of the Intrinsic ID core technology. With more… Read More


IEEE International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust (HOST)

IEEE International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust (HOST)
by Admin on 12-06-2020 at 12:00 am

IEEE HOST 2020 Rescheduled – Now Taking Place December 6-9, 2020

The safety and well-being of all conference participants is our priority. After evaluating the current COVID-19 situation, the decision has been made to postpone the IEEE HOST 2020 from May 4-7, 2020 and reschedule it for December 6-9, 2020. Proceedings will not… Read More


Intel’s Secret Key to Decrypt Microcode Patches is Exposed

Intel’s Secret Key to Decrypt Microcode Patches is Exposed
by Matthew Rosenquist on 11-07-2020 at 8:00 am

Intels Secret Key to Decrypt Microcode Patches is Exposed

A group of security vulnerability researchers, after many months of work, were able to figure out the update process and secret key used to decrypt Intel microcode updates for the Goldmont architecture product lines.

This is an important finding as it peels back yet another layer of the onion that protects the core CPU from malicious

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CEO Interview: Andreas Kuehlmann of Tortuga Logic

CEO Interview: Andreas Kuehlmann of Tortuga Logic
by Bernard Murphy on 10-23-2020 at 6:00 am

CEO interview

You may remember Andreas from his time at Synopsys, where he led the new Software Integrity Business Unit. He joined Tortuga Logic a couple of months ago to lead the company. Given his background in software security, I was eager to get a CEO interview. Andreas is a EE with background at IBM in the PowerPC and EDA. He directed Cadence… Read More


Painful IoT Security Lessons Highlighted by a Digital Padlock

Painful IoT Security Lessons Highlighted by a Digital Padlock
by Matthew Rosenquist on 10-04-2020 at 10:00 am

Painful IoT Security Lessons Highlighted by a Digital Padlock

The first warning sign was “hackproof” in the 360Lock marketing materials. As it turns out, with no surprise to any security professional, the NFC and Bluetooth enabled padlock proved to be anything but secure.

Straightforward penetration testing revealed horrible logical and physical security for a padlock that promotes… Read More