Former New England Hardware Security Days

NEHWS 2023 @ Northeastern University, Boston


The third NEHWS was organized on 7 April, 2023 at the Northeastern University in Boston.

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome Remarks: Gregory D. Abowd, Dean of Engineering, Northeastern University
  Session Chair: Yunsi Fei
9:15 - 9:30 News from the NEHWS Community
  Session Chair: Dan Holcomb
9:30 - 10:30 Invited Keynote: Kevin Fu, Wicked bizarre semiconductor physics of sensor security
  Session Chair: Dan Holcomb
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 12:00 Submitted Talks Session I
  Session Chair: Fatemeh Ganji
  Long Talk: Fuzzing for discovering bugs and side channels in processors
  Chathura Rajapaksha, Sadullah Canakci, Leila Delshadtehrani, Anoop Nataraja, Michael Bedford Taylor, Manuel Egele and Ajay Joshi (Boston University and University of Washington)
  Short Talk: Citadel: Side-Channel-Resistant Enclaves with Secure Shared Memory on a Speculative Out-of-Order Processor
  Jules Drean, Miguel Gomez-Garcia, Thomas Bourgeat and Srinivas Devadas (MIT)
  Long Talk: A Model Extraction Attack on Deep Neural Networks Running on GPUs
  Jonah O’Brien Weiss, Dong Hyub Kim, Tiago Alves and Sandip Kundu (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  Short Talk: HammerDodger: A Lightweight Defense Framework against RowHammer Attack on DNNs
  Cheng Gongye, Yukui Luo, Xiaolin Xu and Yunsi Fei (Northeastern University)
  Long Talk: Pensieve: Microarchitectural Modeling for Formal Security Evaluation
  Yuheng Yang, Thomas Bourgeat, Stella Lau and Mengjia Yan (MIT)
  Short Talk: Goblin: Time Is Money, Friend! Timing Side-channel Attack against Garbled Circuit Constructions
  Mohammad Hashemi, Domenic Forte and Fatemeh Ganji (WPI)
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch and Poster Session sponsored by MITRE
1:30 - 2:30 Panel Discussion: Security of Hardware Systems in a Zero-trust Model
  Session Chair: Shahin Tajik
  - Lei Poo (Analog Devices)
  - Dan Walters (MITRE)
  - Hamed Okhravi (MIT Lincoln Lab)
  - Sandhya Koteshwara (IBM)
  - Sina Shahbazmohamadi (University of Connecticut)
2:30 - 3:30 Invited Keynote: Ran Canetti, From NAND to SCOTUS
  Session Chair: Fatemeh Ganji
3:30 - 3:40 Break
3:40 - 4:45 Submitted Talks Session II
  Session Chair: Dan Holcomb
  Long Talk: Security vs Testability
  Deniz Karakoyunlu (Analog Devices)
  Short Talk: ImpedanceVerif: On-Chip Impedance Sensing for System-Level Tampering Detection
  Tahoura Mosavirik, Patrick Schaumont and Shahin Tajik (WPI)
  Long Talk: The Next Frontier in Hardware Security: Quantum Computers
  Jakub Szefer (Yale University)
  Short Talk: Hardware Security Analyses in Advanced Manufacturing Industry
  Qiaoyan Yu (University of New Hampshire)
  Long Talk: EMShepherd: Detecting Adversarial Samples via Side-channel Leakage
  Ruyi Ding, Cheng Gongye, Siyue Wang, A. Adam Ding and Yunsi Fei (Northeastern University)
4:45 - 5:00 Best Poster Award and Closing Remarks
  Session Chair: Xiaolin Xu and Yunsi Fei
5:00 - 6:00 Networking reception sponsored by Draper


Congratulations to the winners of the Best Poster Awards! The awards were decided by popular vote of the audience. We thank NewAE and Riscure for donating the hardware and book awards.

First Place Yuheng Yang, Thomas Bourgeat, Stella Lau and Mengjia Yan, “Pensieve: A Modular Approach for Security Evaluation of Microarchitectural Designs”

Second Place, tied Max Cohen Hoffing, “Voltage Sensor Development for PDN PUF”

Second Place, tied Jonah O’Brien Weiss, Sandip Kundu, Dong Hyub Kim and Tiago Alves, “A Side-Channel Model Extraction Attack on Deep Neural Networks Running on GPUs”

Second Place, tied Xiang Zhang, Aidon Ding and Yunsi Fei, “Software Power Side-channel Assisted Model Extraction of Deep Neural Networks”

Third Place Andrew Adiletta, M. Caner Tol, Yarkin Doroz and Berk Sunar, “Memory Mayhem: Targeted Corruption of Registers and Stack Variables”

NEHWS 2022 @ University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The second NEHWS was organized on 1 April, 2022 at the Unversity of Masschusetts in Amherst.

Presentation Topic  
9:30 - 9:35 Welcome Remarks (Dan Holcomb)
9:35 - 10:30 News from the NEHWS Community
  - Fatemeh Ganji (WPI)
  - Dan Holcomb (Umass)
  - Yunsi Fei (NEU)
  - Jakub Szefer (Yale)
10:30 - 11:30 Invited Keynote: Srinivas Devadas (MIT)
11:30 - 1:00 Lunch and Poster Session
1:00 - 3:00 Research Talks
  - Mengjia Yan (MIT), “Security Analysis of Misunderstood
  Micro-architectural Side-Channel Attacks and Mitigations”
  - Jens-Peter Kaps (GMU), “Benchmarking FPGA Implementations
  of Candidates in the NIST LWC Standardization Process”
  - Colin O’Flynn (NewAE), “Hands on with Non-Invasive
  Hardware Security Tooling”
3:00 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:30 Panel Discussion: Driving Forces of Innovation in Security of
  Microelectronics Supply Chain
  Moderator: Shahin Tajik (WPI)
  - Peter Grossmann (Instrinsix)
  - Elke De Mulder (Rambus)
  - Richard Newell (Microchip Technology)
  - John Oakley (SRC)
  - Ingrid Verbauwhede (KUL)
4:30 - 5:00 Networking and Closing


  • A Cross-Platform Cache Timing Attack Framework via Deep Learning, Ruyi Ding, Ziyue Zhang, Xiang Zhang, Gongye Cheng, Yunsi Fei and A. Adam Ding,

  • Bitsliced NTT-based Polynomial Multiplication: A Generic Software Countermeasure against Fault Attacks, Richa Singh, Saad Islam, Berk Sunar and Patrick Schaumont

  • A Novel Differential-Bit Side-channel Power Attack on ECDH and Countermeasures, Tianhong Xu, Cheng Gongye and Yunsi Fei

  • ScatterVerif: Verification of Electronic Boards Using Reflection Response of Power Distribution Network, Tahoura Mosavirik, Fatemeh Ganji, Patrick Schaumont and Shahin Tajik

  • Garbled EDA: Privacy Preserving Electronic Design Automation, Mohammad Hashemi, Steffi Roy, Fatemeh Ganji and Domenic Forte

  • Side-channel analysis of ASCON, Dillibabu Shanmugam, Pantea Kiaei and Patrick Schaumont

  • Toward Realistic Backdoor Injection Attacks on DNNs using Rowhammer, M. Caner Tol, Saad Islam, Berk Sunar and Ziming Zhang

  • Quantum Computer Antivirus, Sanjay Deshpande, Chuanqi Xu, Theodoros Trochatos, Hanrui Wang, Ferhat Erata, Song Han, Yongshan Ding and Jakub Szefer

  • Leaky Frontends: Security Vulnerabilities in Processor Frontends, Bowen Huang, Shuwen Deng and Jakub Szefer

  • Towards Automatic Detection of Power Side-Channel Vulnerabilities in Constant-Time Cryptography, Ferhat Erata, Ruzica Piskac, Victor Mateu, Santos Merino del Pozo and Jakub Szefer

  • Improving the Performance and Security of Prior Work SSE-RV, Zhiming Zhang and Yunsi Fei

  • Precise Fault Injection to Enable DFIA for Attacking AES in Remote FPGAs, Xiang Li, Russell Tessier and Daniel Holcomb

  • Threat Modeling and Risk Analysis for Miniaturized Wireless Biomedical Devices, Vladimir Vakhter, Betul Soysal, Patrick Schaumont and Ulkuhan Guler

  • Remote Power Side-Channel Attacks against Hardware Accelerators in FPGA, Shayan Moini

  • Saidoyoki: Post-Silicon Side-Channel Evaluation, Ramazan Kaan Eren, Pantea Kiaei, Zhenyuan Liu and Patrick Schaumont

  • DAGguise: Mitigating Memory Timing Side Channels, Peter Deutsch, Yuheng Yang, Thomas Bourgeat, Jules Drean, Joel Emer and Mengjia Yan

  • Gate-Level Pre-Silicon Side-Channel Leakage Assessment, Pantea Kiaei, Yuan Yao, Zhenyuan Liu and Patrick Schaumont

  • Security from CAD Tools Perspective for Using Dynamic Partial Reconfiguration in on-premise and off-premise FPGAs, Sandeep Sunkavilli and Qiaoyan Yu

  • RansNet: An Anti-Ransomware Methodology based on Cache Monitoring and Deep Learning, Xiang Zhang, Ziyue Zhang, Ruyi Ding, Cheng Gongye, Adam Ding and Yunsi Fei

  • Root-cause Analysis of Power-based Side-channel Leakage in Lightweight Cryptography Candidates, Zhenyuan Liu and Patrick Schaumont

  • Security Risks and Challenges for Low-power Edge devices in Advanced Manufacturing, Mohammad Monjur and Qiaoyan Yu

  • There’s Always a Bigger Fish: A Case Study of a Misunderstood Timing Side Channel, Jack Cook, Jules Drean, Jonathan Behrens and Mengjia Yan

  • PCIe-Contention-Based Covert Channel in Cloud FPGAs, Shanquan Tian, Ilias Giechaskiel and Jakub Szefer

  • Signature Correction Attack on Dilithium Signature Scheme, Saad Islam, Koksal Mus, Richa Singh, Patrick Schaumont and Berk Sunar

NEHWS 2021 @ Virtual

The first NEHWS was organized on 9 April, 2021 as a Virtual Conference

Presentation Topic  
10:00 - 10:05 Welcome Remarks
10:05 - 11:00 Invited Keynote: Wajdi Feghali (Intel)
11:00 - 11:30 Community Introduction
  - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  - University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  - Northeastern University
  - Yale University
11:30 - 12:30 Research Talks
  - Christof Paar (Max Planc Institute of Security and Privacy)
  - Dominic Rizzo (Google)
  - Jean-Pierre Seifert (Technical University of Berlin)
12:30 - 1:00 Lunch Break
1:00 - 2:00 Poster Session
2:00 - 3:00 Panel Discussion: The Future of Hardware Security
  - Todd Austin (University of Michigan)
  - Kevin Bush (MIT Lincoln Lab)
  - Joe Chapman (MITRE)
  - Dave King (General Dynamics Mission Systems)
  - Lei Poo (Analog Devices)
3:00 - 4:00 Networking and Closing