Minimizing Side-Channel Attack Vulnerability Via Schedule Randomization

Nils Vreman, Richard Pates, Kristin Krueger, Gerhard Fohler, Martina Maggio

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Control systems can be vulnerable to security threats where an attacker gathers information about the execution of the system. In particular, side-channel attacks exploit the predictability of real-time control systems and of their schedules. To counteract their action, a scheduler can randomize the temporal execution of tasks and limit the amount of information the attacker can gather. Schedule randomization is aimed at achieving the highest possible schedule diversity (measured using the upper-approximated entropy metric) during the real-time execution of the controller. This paper investigates fundamental limitations of schedule randomization for a generic taskset. The constructed schedule set has minimal size and achieves the highest possible upper-approximated entropy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE 58th Conference on Decision and Control (CDC)
PublisherIEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-1398-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-1399-9
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Computer Science


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