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£1.5m to boost use of ARM’s CHERI security

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By Nick Flaherty


The UK government has opened a £1.5 million ($1.5m, €1.6m) competition to experiment with ARM’s Morello secure processor technology.

The competition from the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) will fund projects up to £100,000 using the Capability Hardware Enhanced RISC Instructions (CHERI) architecture extensions in the Arm’s Morello prototype System on Chip (SoC).

As well as new designs, projects will look at porting an existing codebase or tool such as a compiler into the Morello environment and strengthen its security by using the Morello enhanced security features, as well as redesigning an existing application to employ the fine grain software compartmentalisation in CHERI to provide more security.

The deadline to submit a proposal is midday 14 November 2022.

The ARM Morello Programme, funded by Digital Security by Design (DSbD), is a collaboration between academia, industry and government to research and create more secure hardware and software to improve built-in security. CHERI is the key underpinning technology that addresses memory safety issues and enables fine grain protection of applications.

Using this technology, Arm has designed a prototype SoC and development board, called the Morello board, the world’s first industrial quality implementation of CHERI. The Morello board is being distributed to industry and academia to test the prototype architecture to investigate and experiment on its capabilities.

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