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

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 [...]

Thales e-Security’s Countermeasure Validation Certification

Side-channel analysis, and specifically Differential Power Analysis (DPA), can be used as an attack, statistically analyzing power consumption measurements from a cryptosystem. DPA attacks exploit biases in the varying power consumption of microprocessors or other [...]

The importance of a hardware root-of-trust in an anti-counterfeiting IC


Scott Best, a technical director at Rambus Security, has written an article for Semiconductor Engineering about the important role a hardware root-of-trust plays in an anti-counterfeiting IC. As Best explains, during manufacture, an anti-counterfeiting security IC is [...]

An introduction to side-channel attacks

The rapid growth of connected devices and the sensitive data they generate poses a significant challenge for manufacturers seeking to comprehensively protect their devices from attack. Indeed, consumers expect their IoT devices and data to [...]

NIST eyes lightweight cryptography to protect small electronics

Small devices, comprehensive protection Cryptography experts at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have kicked off an initiative to protect IoT devices that require a new class of cryptographic defenses against cyber-attacks. More [...]

Rambus licenses DPA countermeasures to Beijing Tongfang Microelectronics

Rambus has signed a patent license agreement with Beijing Tongfang Microelectronics Co., Ltd, a fabless chip design company that focuses on smart cards and related technologies. The agreement includes the use of Rambus patents such [...]

Detecting and analyzing side-channel vulnerabilities with TVLA

Bart Stevens, the senior director of sales for the EMEA region in Rambus' Security Division and Gary Kenworthy, a senior principal engineer in Rambus' Security Division, recently penned an article for Semiconductor Engineering that discusses [...]

Living in a post-Meltdown and Spectre world


Paul Kocher talks Meltdown and Spectre Last month, SiFive hosted a seminar that featured senior Rambus technology advisor Paul Kocher. During the seminar, Kocher discussed a number of security related topics, including side-channel (SCA) differential [...]

Rambus and Gemalto clinch side-channel countermeasures deal

Patent license agreement Rambus has signed a patent license agreement with Gemalto that covers the use of our patented security technologies – including Differential Power Analysis (DPA) countermeasures, which protect devices against DPA and other [...]

Bypassing air-gapped Faraday cages

Exploiting the magnetic field with Odini Researchers at Israel's Ben Gurion University (BGU) have demonstrated how attackers can successfully bypass Faraday cages to monitor low-frequency magnetic radiation emitted by air-gapped electronic devices. “While Faraday rooms [...]

Protecting electronic systems from side-channel attacks

During the early days of safecracking, rudimentary rotary locks were compromised by feel or sound to determine the correct combination. Following in this tradition, cyber criminals and other malicious actors are now exploiting side-channel attacks [...]

The importance of protecting military equipment from side-channel attacks

Michael Mehlberg, a senior director of business development at Rambus' security division, recently wrote an article for Intelligent Aerospace about the importance of protecting military equipment – including avionics and electronics – from tampering, reverse [...]

Rambus cracks post-quantum ‘QcBits’ cipher with side-channel power analysis

Rambus security researchers have successfully conducted a side-channel assisted cryptanalysis attack against QcBits, a code-based public key algorithm based on a problem thought to be resistant to quantum computer attacks. QcBits – pronounced “quick-bits” – [...]

TEMPEST side-channel attacks recover AES-256 encryption keys

In a recently published paper, security researchers built a miniature system capable of covertly recovering encryption keys using side-channel analysis. Fox-IT’s Craig Ramsay and Jasper Lohuis collaborated with Riscure to perform this analysis against two [...]

10/7nm: Transient power issues and side-channel attacks

Semiconductor Engineering’s Ann Steffora Mutschler has written an in-depth article that explores the issue of transient power at 10/7nm. According to Mutschler, transient power adds yet another level of complexity for design teams already wrestling [...]

Rambus joins Microsemi’s SoC Partner Program

Rambus has joined Microsemi Corporation’s System-on-Chip (SoC) Partner Program. This means Microsemi field programmable gate array (FPGA) customers can now select advanced security solutions developed by Rambus to protect against side-channel attacks for highly-sensitive markets, [...]

FDA wary over medical device hacks

Casey Harper of The Hill reports that regulators and medical device makers “are bracing” for an expected barrage of hacking attacks. “High-profile attacks have hit hospitals and health insurers, and now attention is turning to [...]

Understanding the evolution of side-channel attacks

Earlier this month, Christopher Gori, a senior director of product management in Rambus' security division, wrote an article for Semiconductor Engineering about the evolution of side-channel attacks. As Gori explains, a side-channel attack can perhaps best [...]

Protecting implanted medical devices (IMDs) from side-channel attacks

Did you know that millions of implanted medical devices (IMDs) do not typically receive software upgrades to address security vulnerabilities? Such devices – which are often connected via the internet or wireless technologies – include [...]

Rambus renews DPA countermeasures license with Thales e-Security

Rambus has renewed its Differential Power Analysis (DPA) countermeasures license agreement with Thales e-Security. Under the new five-year agreement, the Thales line of hardware security modules (HSMs) will be protected against side-channel attacks in a [...]

Semiconductor Engineering highlights side-channel attacks

Brian Bailey of Semiconductor Engineering has written an article that highlights the danger side-channel attacks pose to connected devices and systems. “As the world begins to take security more seriously, it becomes evident that a device is [...]

Tom’s Hardware highlights DPA countermeasures

Earlier this week, we announced that NVIDIA had licensed Rambus’ Differential Power Analysis (DPA) countermeasures to protect its visual computing products against side-channel attacks. As Nathaniel Mott of Tom’s Hardware reports, Rambus’ countermeasures will help [...]

NVIDIA licenses DPA countermeasures

NVIDIA has licensed Rambus’ Differential Power Analysis (DPA) countermeasures to protect its visual computing products against side-channel attacks. As Dr. Martin Scott, GM of Rambus’ Security Division notes, NVIDIA products help drive performance for some [...]

Safecracking goes high-tech with side-channel attacks


During the early days of safecracking, rudimentary rotary locks were compromised by feel or sound to determine the correct combination. Following in this tradition, a security researcher known as Plore recently demonstrated how side-channel attacks [...]

Protecting avionic systems from side-channel attack

Asaf Ashkenazi, a senior director of product marketing at Rambus’ security division, recently sat down with Neil Tyler of NewElectronics to discuss the potential threat side-channel attacks pose to avionic systems. As Tyler points out, [...]

Rambus inks security licensing agreement with Idaho Scientific

Rambus has signed an agreement with Idaho Scientific to license its Differential Power Analysis (DPA) countermeasures. According to Dr. Martin Scott, general manager of Rambus’s Security Division, the DPA countermeasures will be used in Idaho [...]

Computer Business Review highlights side-channel threat

Alexander Sword of Computer Business Review says cyber security is often thought of as a software issue that can be solved with a software solution. However, this paradigm ignores hardware-based attacks, a type of cyber [...]

Motherboard talks security and Rambus


Motherboard’s Michael Byrne recently covered a paper written by Rambus chief scientist Paul Kocher for Communications of the ACM. In the paper, Kocher observes that computer security issues have far exceeded the limits of the [...]

Boeing licenses DPA countermeasures

Rambus and Boeing have inked a licensing agreement for the inclusion of advanced differential power analysis (DPA) countermeasures in Boeing products. According to Martin Scott, senior vice president and general manager of the Security Division [...]

This algorithm steals ATM PINs from wearables

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Security researchers at Binghamton University and the Stevens Institute of Technology have successfully combined smartwatch sensor data with an algorithm to crack ATM PINs. As Megan Scudellari of IEE Spectrum reports, Chen Wang of Binghamton [...]

Rambus extends DPA countermeasures license with NAGRA

Rambus has extended its licensing agreement with NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group, for the use of its Differential Power Analysis (DPA) countermeasures in NAGRA digital TV offerings. “NAGRA has shown that [...]

Rambus rolls out new version of DPA Workstation analysis platform

Rambus’ Cryptography Research division has rolled out version 8 of its DPA Workstation (DPAWS) analysis platform. The latest iteration of DPAWS features an extensive upgrade to the workstation software and user interface (UI) for enhanced [...]

Rambus inks security license agreement with Altis Semiconductor

Rambus’ Cryptography Research division has signed a licensing agreement with Altis Semiconductor for the use of advanced security technologies. The agreement includes differential power analysis (DPA) countermeasure techniques, which are designed to protect against DPA [...]

There is no giant Faraday cage for the IoT


A Faraday cage or Faraday shield can best be defined as an enclosure formed by conductive material that is used to block electric fields. As such, Faraday cages either heavily attenuate or block the reception [...]

Rambus and Athena accelerate adoption of DPA countermeasures

Rambus’ Cryptography Research division has signed an agreement with The Athena Group for the use of DPA countermeasure patents in the latter company’s cryptographic security IP cores. These include field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and defense [...]

Side-channel attacks target Mr. Robot

This past summer, Engadget’s Violet Blue compiled a list of the top Mr. Robot hacks. These include deanonymizing Tor traffic, the installation of an Android rootkit, compromising an HVAC system using a Raspberry Pi, Bluetooth [...]

Paul Kocher to moderate RSA Cryptographers’ panel


Paul Kocher, the President and Chief Scientist of Rambus’ Cryptography Research division, will be moderating the RSA 2016 Cryptographers’ Panel on March 1st at 9:50AM. Participants, including Adi Shamir, Moxie Marlinspike, Ronald Rivest and Whitfield [...]

Creating and cracking secure ciphers

Steven Woo, VP of Solutions Marketing at Rambus, recently sat down with Ernest Worthman of Semiconductor Engineering to discuss the concept of secure ciphers. “One of the key challenges is how to develop a cipher [...]

Rambus and Riverside Research to co-host security workshop

Rambus’ Cryptography Research division and Riverside Research will be co-hosting a two-day workshop on identifying and preventing advanced security threats. The workshop – scheduled for November 18-19, 2015 – is targeted at hardware and software [...]

Extracting crypto keys from the Cloud

A Worcester Polytechnic Institute research team has confirmed that it managed to successfully extract cryptographic keys from the Cloud. According to a recently published paper, the team built upon previous work by Ristenpart, who demonstrated [...]

Understanding the changing hardware-software paradigm

Hardware-centric platforms and solutions were traditionally designed with minimal input from software engineers. As Brian Bailey of Semiconductor Engineering recently noted, this approach worked when software content was negligible – and the practice did not [...]

Evolving differential power analysis targets SIM cards

Ernest Worthman of Semiconductor Engineering recently noted that differential power analysis (DPA) has been a threat vector on the chip landscape for a number of years. “[DPA] was discovered around the mid 1990s by the [...]

Winbond licenses DPA countermeasures from Rambus Cryptography Research

Winbond Electronics has licensed differential power analysis (DPA) countermeasures from Rambus’ Cryptography Research division. By implementing DPA countermeasures in flash memory components, Winbond will ensure the data integrity of products that run applications requiring a [...]

Designing lightweight cryptography for the IoE

Ernest Worthman of Semiconductor Engineering recently noted that we have entered an age where technology is expected to do more, faster, anonymously, and often invisibly. “It’s supposed to use less power, with smaller footprints, unobtrusively [...]

Microsemi FPGAs awarded Rambus Cryptography Research DPA logo certification

Microsemi Corporation recently announced that its SmartFusion®2 system-on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and IGLOO®2 FPGAs successfully passed certification for resistance to differential power analysis (DPA) within the context of the DPA Countermeasure Validation [...]

Securing ultra-low-power devices

Ernest Worthman of Semiconductor Engineering recently noted that future ultra-low-power (ULP) IoT devices require a new paradigm for handling cryptography. “To optimize the power in a ULP device, cryptography and otherwise, there are two approaches [...]

Cracking SIM cards with side-channel attacks

A Jiao Tong University researcher has exploited side-channel attack techniques to crack the encryption codes protecting 3G and 4G cards. “[The cards use] AES-128, which is supposed to be virtually unbeatable by a brute-force attack, [...]

When power becomes a problem

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Semiconductor Engineering editor in chief Ed Sperling recently reported that the current emphasis on lowering power – in everything from wearable electronics to data centers – is turning into a “perfect storm” for the semiconductor [...]

Hardware-based encryption market revenue to hit $36.4 billion


There are a number of ways for companies to secure data – whether on the perimeter or within the local area network (LAN). However, as ABI Research analysts recently confirmed, the most fundamental method in [...]

Is software crypto failing?

Although encryption is increasingly used to combat security breaches, a salient lack of expertise among developers, coupled with overly complex libraries, has led to widespread implementation failures in business applications. According to IDG’s Lucian Constantin, [...]