Micro-Architecture Support for Integrity Measurement on Dynamic Instruction Trace
Hui Lin, Gyungho Lee
DOI: 10.4236/jis.2010.11001   PDF    HTML     7,051 Downloads   11,614 Views   Citations


Trusted computing allows attesting remote system’s trustworthiness based on the software stack whose integrity has been measured. However, attacker can corrupt system as well as measurement operation. As a result, nearly all integrity measurement mechanism suffers from the fact that what is measured may not be same as what is executed. To solve this problem, a novel integrity measurement called dynamic instruction trace measurement (DiT) is proposed. For DiT, processor’s instruction cache is modified to stores back instructions to memory. Consequently, it is designed as a assistance to existing integrity measurement by including dynamic instructions trace. We have simulated DiT in a full-fledged system emulator with level-1 cache modified. It can successfully update records at the moment the attestation is required. Overhead in terms of circuit area, power consumption, and access time, is less than 3% for most criterions. And system only introduces less than 2% performance overhead in average.

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Lin, H. and Lee, G. (2010) Micro-Architecture Support for Integrity Measurement on Dynamic Instruction Trace. Journal of Information Security, 1, 1-10. doi: 10.4236/jis.2010.11001.

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