Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2019/1473

Splitting the Interpose PUF: A Novel Modeling Attack Strategy

Nils Wisiol and Christopher Mühl and Niklas Pirnay and Phuong Ha Nguyen and Marian Margraf and Jean-Pierre Seifert and Marten van Dijk and Ulrich Rührmair

Abstract: We demonstrate that the Interpose PUF proposed at CHES 2019, an Arbiter PUF based design for so-called Strong Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs), can be modeled by novel machine learning strategies up to very substantial sizes and complexities. Our attacks require in the most difficult cases considerable, but realistic, numbers of CRPs, while consuming only moderate computation times, ranging from few seconds to few days. The attacks build on a new divide-and-conquer approach that allows us to model the two building blocks of the Interpose PUF separately. For non-reliability based Machine Learning (ML) attacks, this eventually leads to attack times on \((k_\text{up},k_\text{down})\)-Interpose PUFs that are comparable to the ones against \(\max\{k_\text{up}, k_\text{down}\}\)-XOR Arbiter PUFs, refuting the original claim that Interpose PUFs provide security similar to $(k_\text{down}+\frac{k_\text{up}}{2})$-XOR Arbiter PUFs (CHES 2019). On the technical side, our novel divide-and-conquer technique might also be useful in analyzing other designs where XOR Arbiter PUF challenge bits are unknown to the attacker.

Category / Keywords: implementation / Physical Unclonable Function, Strong PUFs, Machine Learning, Modeling Attacks, Interpose PUF

Original Publication (in the same form): IACR-CHES-2020

Date: received 20 Dec 2019, last revised 9 Apr 2020

Contact author: nils wisiol at fu-berlin de

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