ALISO VIEJO, Calif.
Jan. 3, 2013
(Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced a product demonstration through its continued relationship with Intrinsic-ID offering top-level security solutions for government applications.
product is a software cryptography library generator that combines mathematical algorithms with data and code obfuscation techniques to transform a sensitive key in complex ways. This requires deep knowledge in multiple disciplines to attack. The WhiteboxCRYPTO-generated key is never present on disk or in memory, forcing an attacker to reverse engineer a complex library of executable code. WhiteboxCRYPTO comes in two crypto-algorithm variants: WhiteboxAES™ and WhiteboxRSA™.
Beyond simply protecting the cryptography operations in software, an application or key protected with WhiteboxCRYPTO can be bound to silicon by using the Intrinsic-ID Quiddikey
product that is based on unique patented hardware intrinsic security (HIS) technology—also referred to as physical unclonable function (PUF).
"Using hardware as a root of trust is a critical layer in any system security solution," said
, vice president of product management for Microsemi. "PUF is one of the strongest hardware identifiers available to bind software crypto keys to hardware. Quiddikey installs seamlessly in a Microsemi SmartFusion® programmable logic solution and strongly binds to a WhiteboxCRYPTO-protected key, forcing an attacker to peel back multiple complex layers of system security."
The main advantages of the Quiddikey SRAM PUF technology come from the fact that SRAM is a standard library component, which is available in every technology node. Another differentiating feature of this security IP is flexible key management; secret keys can be programmed into Quiddikey in a personalization phase by any trusted party in the value chain. This does not necessarily have to be the semiconductor supplier.