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Reverse Engineering-Based Hardware Trojan Detection

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The Hardware Trojan War


Reverse engineering of integrated circuits is the process of examining and analyzing the internal structures of the chip to extract the schematic or reveal some information about the fabrication process. Though it is destructive, it is arguably the strongest method to detect hardware Trojans. However, reverse-engineering process usually involves excessive manual effort and is time-consuming and error-prone. Thus, the challenge is how to use reverse engineering to detect Trojans in an efficient way while not harming accuracy. In this chapter, we provide a survey of current state-of-the-art reverse engineering-based hardware Trojan detection methods. We introduce one machine learning-based method that can achieve over 99% accuracy in greater detail. We also explore some design-time strategies that can help improve Trojan detection rate.

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Bao, C., Xie, Y., Liu, Y., Srivastava, A. (2018). Reverse Engineering-Based Hardware Trojan Detection. In: Bhunia, S., Tehranipoor, M. (eds) The Hardware Trojan War. Springer, Cham.

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