VE-Vides Project looks to trustworthy IP and verification

August 19, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
VE-Vides Project looks to trustworthy IP and verification
A European research group is developing an IP design and verification flow for trustworthiness in security critical electronics systems.

The VE-VIDES project covers design methods and HW/SW co-verification for the unique identifiability of electronic components. Led by Infineon Technologies, it brings together 12 companies including EDA tool vendors OneSpin, Siemens and Synopsys as well as leading German research institutes.

The goal of the project is to already systematically identify potential security gaps in the design phase and to use automatically generated, trustworthy mechanisms to protect electronic systems against attack.

"We rely on electronic systems in almost every aspect of our lives and our work. These systems make our lives easier, safer and greener. We need trustworthy electronics if we want to really be able to rely on them," said Djones Lettnin, head of the project at Infineon. "In VE-VIDES our focus is on securing the trustworthiness of system hardware while taking the direct interfaces to trustworthy firmware and software components into account."

VE-VIDES is researching trustworthy development and verification processes which give electronic systems verifiable and, whenever possible, quantifiable protection against attacks. The design methods, tool chains and test suites emerging from the project will give a solid foundation to future development tools for trustworthy electronics.

The project is exploring ways to protect against hacking attacks through intentionally integrated backdoors and trojans or accidentally overlooked vulnerabilities that are exploited in order to change the target system's functionality or steal data stored within the system. It is also looking at electronic, optical or physical attacks on integrated circuits in order to steal intellectual property or illegally read out or modify data

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Eliminating vulnerabilities at the hardware level reduces system vulnerability by 43 percent according to CVE-MITRE which catalogues vulnerabilities. System-level approaches, including access restrictions and redundancy, currently help protect against attacks and reduce security risks. VE-VIDES applies a holistic security concept here to improve the development processes for trustworthy electronics systems and their integration along global value chains. The concept employs an innovative IP design and verification flow to ensure the trustworthiness of security-critical electronics systems in particular.

VE-VIDES follows an application-oriented approach, bringing together companies from the automotive and Industry 4.0 industry with supplier, development and research partners.

The project includes automotive software company Cariad, Bosch, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, Division Engineering of Adaptive Systems, the IMMS Institut für Mikroelektronik- und Mechatronik-Systeme gemeinnützige, the OFFIS Institute for Information Technology, verification tool vendor OneSpin that is now part of Siemens, as well as Siemens and Synopsys. The Chemnitz University of Technology and Ulm University and foundry X-fab.

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