Paper 2014/977

A Survey on Lightweight Entity Authentication with Strong PUFs

Jeroen Delvaux, Roel Peeters, Dawu Gu, and Ingrid Verbauwhede


Physically unclonable functions (PUFs) exploit the unavoidable manufacturing variations of an integrated circuit (IC). Their input-output behavior serves as a unique IC 'fingerprint'. Therefore, they have been envisioned as an IC authentication mechanism, in particular the subclass of so-called strong PUFs. The protocol proposals are typically accompanied with two PUF promises: lightweight and an increased resistance against physical attacks. In this work, we review nineteen proposals in chronological order: from the original strong PUF proposal (2001) to the more complicated noise bifurcation and system of PUFs proposals (2014). The assessment is aided by a unied notation and a transparent framework of PUF protocol requirements.

Note: This work comprehends a sequel on our prior CHES 2014 manuscript.

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physically unclonable functionentity authenticationlightweight
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      author = {Jeroen Delvaux and Roel Peeters and Dawu Gu and Ingrid Verbauwhede},
      title = {A Survey on Lightweight Entity Authentication with Strong {PUFs}},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2014/977},
      year = {2014},
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