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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Paul Kocher moderates Cryptographers’ Panel at RSA 2017

Paul Kocher, the President and Chief Scientist of Rambus’ Cryptography Research division, moderated the RSA Cryptographers’ Panel on February 14, 2017. Participants, including Adi Shamir, Whitfield Diffie, Susan Landau and Ronald Rivest, discussed the latest [...]

Set-top boxes go cardless with hardware security cores

Embedded security cores are becoming an increasingly popular option for set-top box chipsets. To be sure, set-top boxes that eschew smart cards in favor of hardware security cores offer operators robust protection with embedded, integrated [...]

The evolving requirements of IoT security

Ed Sperling and Jeff Dorsch of Semiconductor Engineering recently penned an article about the future of IoT security. Specifically, the two journalists highlighted the distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) against Dyn which saw waves [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

From chip to cloud to client device

Over the past few years, Rambus has evolved from a pure IP licensing business to a product-centric semiconductor company. Our diverse product portfolio currently includes memory and interfaces, along with security and smart sensor solutions. [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

Cyber attacks target IP and military secrets

Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers recently testified before the House Armed Services Committee on cyber operations and improving the military’s cybersecurity posture. Rogers, who serves as U.S. CyberCom chief, confirmed that the global movement of [...]

Rambus Cryptography Research helps Barco Silex thwart PoS security threats

The Cryptography Research division of Rambus recently clinched a partnership agreement with Barco Silex. According to Rambus Cryptography VP Dr. Simon Blake-Wilson, the agreement allows Barco Silex to develop DPA-resistant solutions that will help accelerate time-to-market [...]

Microsemi targets security sector with Rambus cryptography tech

Rambus’s Cryptography Research Division (CRD) has entered into a partnership with Microsemi to resell a number of advanced security technologies developed by the DPA product engineering team at CRD. According to Michael Mehlberg, Senior Director [...]

Securing the warfighter on a 21st century battlefield

Often located in close proximity to hostile territory, forward operating bases (FOBs) are typically used to support tactical operations. Although FOBs are routinely supported by Main Operating Bases, adverse conditions may act to temporarily delay [...]

Rambus showcases DPA resistant Cryptographic Cores @ ARM TechCon 2014

ARM TechCon 2014 kicks off today in Santa Clara, California. We’ll be at booth #206, showcasing our flagship DPA resistant cryptographic cores and software libraries. The demo shows a comparison of potential vulnerabilities of standard [...]

DPAWS UX gets a cryptographic makeover

The 2014 Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems Workshop – aka CHES – kicks off in South Korea on September 23. Sponsored by the International Association for Cryptologic Research, the event was first held in Worcester, [...]

Rambus secures smartphones and tablets

Did you know that Rambus is helping a number of industry heavyweights protect smartphones and tablets against side-channel attacks? In recent years, Rambus has licensed its DPA countermeasure technology to multiple corporations including Broadcom, Infineon, [...]