Course Information

18-632: Introduction to Hardware Security




This course covers basic concepts in the security of hardware systems. Topics covered include active and passive attacks, reverse engineering, counterfeiting, and design of hardware security primitives (e.g., random number generators, physical unclonable functions, crypto-processors). Lab sessions will give students hands on experience with performing attacks, developing countermeasures, and implementing secure hardware building blocks. Students are expected to have basic knowledge of digital logic and Register-Transfer Level (RTL) design, but no specific background in security/cryptography is necessary.

Prerequisites: C in 18-240 AND (C in 18-341 OR C in 18-447)

Last Modified: 2017-12-08 2:53PM

Current session:

This course is currently being offered.

Semesters offered:

  • Spring 2018
  • Spring 2017
  • Spring 2016