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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 [...]

Introducing the Rambus CryptoManager Root of Trust (CMRT)

Taking a closer look: The Rambus CMRT The recent Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities illustrate the critical need for a new generation of devices that execute sensitive security functions in a secure core which is physically [...]

Understanding consumer IoT risks

Consumer IoT components increasingly targeted by attackers Earlier this month, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published a document titled “Draft Report on International IoT Cybersecurity Standardization (PDF).” The report – which examines [...]

Viaccess-Orca selects Rambus CryptoMedia Content Protection Core

An embedded hardware RoT Viaccess-Orca is collaborating with Rambus to bolster its VO Shield Root of Trust (RoT) security solution. According to a recent Viaccess-Orca press release, Rambus’ CryptoMedia Content Protection Core complements the company’s [...]

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” – [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Rethink Technology Research talks CryptoMedia

DishTV India recently selected Rambus’ CryptoMedia Security Platform for use in its Pay TV satellite system. Essentially, CryptoMedia ensures secure distribution of premium content for cable and satellite operators with a hardware root-of-trust embedded in [...]

Why did DishTV India choose an embedded root-of-trust?

Earlier this summer, DishTV India selected Rambus’ CryptoMedia Security Platform for use in its Pay TV satellite system. Essentially, CryptoMedia ensures secure distribution of premium content for cable and satellite operators with a hardware root-of-trust [...]

Going cardless for CAS with a hardware root-of-trust

The majority of set-top boxes (STBs) on the market in the 1990s were secured by Conditional Access System (CAS) smart cards that stored STB identities along with their respective service rights. While these early smart cards [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

EE Times talks Rambus and automotive security

Junko Yoshida of the EE Times reports that Rambus is diving into the field of cyber-security for OTA vehicle updates, which she describes as a “red-hot” issue for the current automotive market. “Rambus, a semiconductor [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Building silicon foundations for security

Paul Kocher, the chief scientist of Rambus’ Cryptography Research division, recently presented a DesignCon 2016 keynote session that explored the crowded intersection of hardware, Moore’s Law and cryptography. As Kocher notes, cryptographic limits have historically [...]

Securing intelligent transportation systems

Earlier this week, Team Lightbulb hosted its annual Broadband Conference at CES 2016. A number of topics were discussed at various panels throughout the day, including the steady evolution of intelligent transportation systems (ITS). Jill [...]

No quick fix for automotive insecurity

Did you know that the automotive industry is still “ill equipped” to protect connected vehicles from hackers due to lagging security standards? Indeed, industry leaders have only begun to seriously explore more effective methods of [...]

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 [...]

Securing 2.5D and fan-outs

Semiconductor Engineering editor-in-chief Ed Sperling recently noted that the long-anticipated move to 2.5D and fan-outs raises a number of familiar questions about security. “Will multiple chips combined in an advanced package be as secure as [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Brute force robot cracks combination locks

Samy Kamkar recently published the blueprints and software code for a 3D-printable Arduinio-powered combination lock-opening robot. Dubbed “Combo Breaker,” the ‘bot is capable of opening combination locks in under five minutes, although the cracking process [...]

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 [...]

Securing an evolving cryptographic landscape


Paul Kocher, the President and Chief Scientist of Rambus’ Cryptography Research Division, recently participated in a two-part panel session on the role of cryptography in a post-Snowden world. The panel – which also featured Bart [...]

Rambus Cryptography Research division showcases security cores @ RSA 2015

RSA 2015 kicked off this morning at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. We’re showcasing a wide range of advanced security core solutions at booth S1815, including DPA countermeasures, as well as CryptoFirewall anti-counterfeiting and [...]

Understanding the methodology behind side-channel attacks


Rambus Cryptography Research Fellow Pankaj Rohatgi recently penned an in-depth EDN article describing the methodology behind side-channel attacks. The technique, says Rohatgi, relies on the fact that any physical realization of cryptography in hardware or [...]

Side channel attacks reportedly targeted Trusted Platform Modules

Security analysts reportedly explored how to extract private encryption keys from Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs) by “measuring electromagnetic signals emanating” from the chips. “This is what cryptographers call differential po​wer analysis, a sophisticated side-channel ​attack [...]

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 [...]

Protecting FPGAs from side-channel attacks

A field-programmable gate array – or FPGA – is an integrated circuit that can be configured by a customer or designer after manufacturing. As HPC Wire’s Nicole Hemsoth recently reported, FPGAs have found a comfortable home [...]