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Attack-Resilient IoT Devices

Attack-Resilient IoT Devices

Status: open
Topic: Monitoring (VMI etc.)
Type of Thesis: Masterthesis
Thesis topic in co-operation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security AISEC, Garching



IoT manufacturers employ a wide range of protection technologies to keep their devices secure. Unfortunately, bugs and misconfigurations still lead to remote exploits. Attack- resilient IoT devices may use hard- and software mechanisms to detect and recover from such exploits and are capable of providing their remote backend proof that legit software is running.

Task Description

In the course of this thesis, an attack-resilient platform will be designed, implemented and analysed on a very recent ARMv8 Cortex-M microcontroller with the ARM TrustZone. The goal is to propose a combination of hard- and software mechanisms to allow the detection and recovery from compromised firmware. This includes the understanding and further development of the novel and promising CyReP architecture1, and the systematic protection of security-related code and secrets.


  • Most important: Motivation to work in the field of microcontrollers
  • Good C programming skills and basic experiences with microcontroller programming
  • Ability to work independent and goal-oriented
  • Optional: Experience with microcontroller/ARM security features



Stefan Hristozov (stefan.hristozov@aisec.fraunhofer.de) or

Manuel Huber (manuel.huber@aisec.fraunhofer.de) Fraunhofer Research Institute AISEC

Parkring 4, 85748 Garching (bei Mu ̈nchen)

Phone: 089/3229986157