Best-in-class Security Testing Platform for Side-channel Analysis by Rambus and Riscure

This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018.

Today, on October 16th, 2018, Rambus has announced the collaboration with Riscure, a global security lab based in San Francisco, to deliver cutting-edge security testing solutions to chip manufacturers, government institutions and security evaluation laboratories worldwide. As part of a combined solution, Rambus will expand its Differential Power Analysis (DPA) Workstation (DPAWS) to include the Riscure Inspector Fault Injection products to deliver a comprehensive side-channel analysis platform.

The collaboration enables Rambus to offer Riscure’s unique fault injection products and capabilities in combination with the Rambus DPA Workstation, allowing our customers to source a combined side-channel testing platform from a single vendor. The combined solution is a powerful and flexible testing platform that includes an integrated suite of hardware and software for analyzing the vulnerabilities of cryptographic chips and systems to attacks such as fault, power and electromagnetic (EM) side-channel attacks.


Dr. Martin Scott, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cryptography, as well as Chief Technical Officer at Rambus has noted that as the number of widespread chip vulnerabilities continues to grow, hardware-level security and resistance to side-channel attacks is becoming a critical requirement for secure chip design. “As leaders in side-channel testing, Rambus and Riscure have a long-standing collaborative relationship and this agreement strengthens that alliance to provide the best overall solutions and services for both company’s customers,” said Scott.

Speaking about Fault Injection, Marc Witteman, Chief Executive Officer at Riscure said that it has become an alarmingly widespread hardware attack technique. He also noted that, on an adversary level, the cost of performing such an attack also decreases. “To outpace this development, hardware vendors should test their products for robustness against all kinds of hardware vulnerabilities using cutting-edge equipment and attack know-how. Riscure Inspector Fault Injection accumulates more than 10 years of experience in hardware security testing. Thanks to our partnership with Rambus, the world-class fault injection tools and software from Riscure now become available to a wider range of businesses worldwide.”

The Bottom Line

The announcement of the collaboration between Rambus and Riscure, which will expand Rambus’ already comprehensive DPAWS platform to include Riscure’s unique Fault Injection products represents a positive step forward for security against hardware attacks. With the advent of widespread chip vulnerabilities such as Meltdown/Spectre and Foreshadow, it is becoming imperative for companies to implement hardware-level security and resistance to side-channel attacks into their hardware.