- Steve Checkoway and Karl Koscher demonstrated in their keynote talk how to hack a car. If you've been to CHES 2010 that might sound familiar to you. But this time, they had a second part which could've been titled "How to hack a car remotely". Scary!
- In the surprise key note Nikil Dutt from the University of California (Irvine) presented an approach towards virtualization of scratch-pad memories in a multi-core embedded system, supporting secure execution environments for sensitive applications.
- Dominik Merli gave an interesting talk on "Semi-invasive EM Attack on FPGA RO PUFs and Countermeasures". For their semi-invasive attack the authors removed the packaging to improve the measured EM signal and succeeded in executing a not so simple SPA (Simple Power Analysis) attack on the ring oscillator PUFs.
- Ralf Huuck gave an interesting talk on "Model Checking Dataflow for Malicious Input", presenting his Goanna tool (commercially available, a limited version is available for free download) to detect bugs in software projects. Prior to the talk, I did know a few things about software bugs, their origins and debugging but I did not know much about the techniques used by bug detection tools. This made the talk that explained some of the basic approaches interesting to me.
P.S.: This post is a bit delayed due to my busy traveling schedule.