Symposium sur la sécurité des technologies de l'information et des communications

Conférence francophone sur le thème de la sécurité de l'information.
Elle a eu lieu à Rennes du 7 au 9 juin 2023.

From dusk till dawn: toward an effective trusted UIFlorent Valette, Patrice Hameau, Philippe Thierry

Date : 07 June 2023 à 11:30 — 30 min.

Nowadays, secured embedded devices with high resolution displays, in which user interaction for critical assets is a part of the trust chain (user authentication, validation, etc.), leave the processing of the Trusted User Interface to the general purpose processor. Indeed, such displays are usually interfaced with MIPI-DSI and require an amount of reactivity and power processing a Secure Element is unable to provide. The fallback model is, for example in mobile markets, generally based on the ARM® TrustZone and Trusted Execution Environment mechanisms, which imply that the Trusted User Interface relies on the very same cores of the general purpose processor as the applicative Operating System. The problem with such an architecture is that the ARM TrustZone security model has been initially designed in 2004 and is not always adapted to the increased complexity of today’s systems in the light of last years’ new attack paths. In this article, we explain how we modified the management of the display by the various components of a representative mobile system including a separate Secure Element, in order to ensure the protection of the critical assets managed by the Trusted User Interface even when all the general-purpose components, including the ARM TrustZone environment, have been compromised by an attacker.