Improving virus protection with an efficient secure architecture with memory encryption, integrity and information leakage protection

Guillaume Duc, Ronan Keryell
2007 Journal in Computer Virology  
Malicious software and other attacks are a major concern in the computing ecosystem and there is a need to go beyond the answers based on untrusted software. Trusted and secure computing can add a new hardware dimension to software protection. Several secure computing hardware architectures using memory encryption and memory integrity checkers have been proposed during the past few years to provide applications with a tamper resistant environment. Some solutions, such as hide, have also been
more » ... posed to solve the problem of information leakage on the address bus. We propose the CryptoPage architecture which implements memory encryption, memory integrity protection checking and information leakage protection together with a low performance penalty (3% slowdown on average) by combining the Counter Mode of operation, local authentication values and Merkle trees. It has also several other security features such as attestation, secure storage for applications and program identification. We present some applications of the CryptoPage architecture in the computer virology field as a proof of concept of improving security in presence of viruses compared to software only solutions.
doi:10.1007/s11416-007-0062-0 fatcat:ydaiqqpiabfofdgraho43q6vii