Repeatable masking of sensitive data

Patent Number: 10,177,922
Issued: 1/8/2019
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Abstract: The various technologies presented herein relate to enabling a value generated based upon a physical unclonable function (PUF) response to be available as needed, while also preventing exposure of the PUF to a malicious entity. A masked PUF response can be generated based upon applying a function to a combination of the PUF response and a data file (e.g., a bitstream), and the masked PUF response is forwarded to a requesting entity, rather than the PUF response. Hence, the PUF is masked from any entity requiring access to the PUF. The PUF can be located in a FPGA, wherein the data file is a bitstream pertinent to one or more configurable logic blocks included in the FPGA. A first masked PUF response generated with a first data file can have a different value to a second masked PUF response generated with a second data file.
Filed: 3/22/2016
Application Number: 15/77,594
Government Interests: STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-NA0003525 awarded by the United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. The Government has certain rights in the invention.