Hack@DAC is a hardware-security competition for students and industry experts. This year’s competition focuses on the trustworthiness of System-on-Chips (SoCs), which is undermined by security bugs in third-party IPs (3PIPs) and vulnerabilities emerging from their integration. When exploited, a bug may cause system failure or create a backdoor for the attacker to gain remote access and leak secrets from the system. The goal of this competition is to develop strategies and computer-aided tools for assessing trustworthiness of SoCs that use 3PIPs. Participating teams in the contest mimic the role of a security validation team. Given an SoC with known vulnerabilities, the teams will compete to find and report the bugs, and will earn points for doing so.
Hack@DAC is co-located with the Design Automation Conference (DAC).