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Secure remote reconfiguration of FPGAs

Authors Nele Mentens, Jo Vliegen, An Braeken, Abdellah Touhafi, Karel Wouters, Ingrid Verbauwhede

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Nele Mentens
Jo Vliegen
An Braeken
Abdellah Touhafi
Karel Wouters
Ingrid Verbauwhede

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Nele Mentens, Jo Vliegen, An Braeken, Abdellah Touhafi, Karel Wouters, and Ingrid Verbauwhede. Secure remote reconfiguration of FPGAs. In Dynamically Reconfigurable Architectures. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 10281, pp. 1-4, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2010)


This paper presents a solution for secure remote reconfiguration of FPGAs. Communicating the bitstream has to be done in a secure manner to prevent an attacker from reading or altering the bitstream. We propose a setup in which the FPGA is the single device in the system's zone-of-trust. The result is an FPGA architecture that is divided into a static and a dynamic region. The static region holds the communication, security and reconfiguration facilities, while the dynamic region contains the targeted application.
  • FPGA
  • cryptography
  • security
  • remote configuration


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