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Leveraging Side-channel Information for Disassembly and Security



JUNGMIN Park, Fahim Rahman, Apostol Vassilev, Domenic Forte, Mark Tehranipoor


With the rise of Internet of Things (IoT), devices such as smartphones, embedded medical devices, smart home appliances as well as traditional computing platforms such as personal computers and servers have been increasingly targeted with a variety of cyber attacks. Due to limited hardware resources for embedded devices and difficulty in wide-coverage and on-time software updates, software-only cyber defense techniques, such as traditional anti-virus and malware detectors, do not offer a silver-bullet solution. Hardware-based security monitoring and protection techniques, therefore, have gained significant attention. Monitoring devices using side channel leakage information, e.g. power supply variation and electromagnetic (EM) radiation, is a promising avenue that promotes multiple directions in security and trust applications. In this paper, we provide a taxonomy of hardware-based monitoring techniques against different cyber and hardware attacks, highlight the potentials and unique challenges, and display how power-based side-channel instruction-level monitoring can offer suitable solutions to prevailing embedded device security issues. Further, we delineate approaches for future research directions.
ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems


side channel leakage, hardware, security


Park, J. , Rahman, F. , Vassilev, A. , Forte, D. and Tehranipoor, M. (2020), Leveraging Side-channel Information for Disassembly and Security, ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems, [online],, (Accessed April 22, 2024)
Created January 31, 2020, Updated October 12, 2021