[Resource Topic] 2003/119: How Secure Are FPGAs in Cryptographic Applications?

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How Secure Are FPGAs in Cryptographic Applications?

Authors: Thomas Wollinger, Christof Paar


The use of FPGAs for cryptographic applications is highly
attractive for a variety of reasons but at the same time there are
many open issues related to the general security of FPGAs. This
contribution attempts to provide a state-of-the-art description of
this topic. First, the advantages of reconfigurable hardware for
cryptographic applications are discussed from a systems
perspective. Second, potential security problems of FPGAs are
described in detail, followed by a proposal of a some
countermeasure. Third, a list of open research problems is
provided. Even though there have been many contributions dealing
with the algorithmic aspects of cryptographic schemes implemented
on FPGAs, this contribution appears to be the first comprehensive
treatment of system and security aspects.

ePrint: https://eprint.iacr.org/2003/119

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