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Deceptive Logic Locking for Hardware Integrity Protection against Machine Learning Attacks. (arXiv:2107.08695v1 [cs.CR])

Logic locking has emerged as a prominent key-driven technique to protect the
integrity of integrated circuits. However, novel machine-learning-based attacks
have recently been introduced to challenge the security foundations of locking
schemes. These attacks are able to recover a significant percentage of the key
without having access to an activated circuit. This paper address this issue
through two focal points. First, we present a theoretical model to test locking
schemes for key-related structural leakage that can be exploited by machine
learning. Second, based on the theoretical model, we introduce D-MUX: a
deceptive multiplexer-based logic-locking scheme that is resilient against
structure-exploiting machine learning attacks. Through the design of D-MUX, we
uncover a major fallacy in existing multiplexer-based locking schemes in the
form of a structural-analysis attack. Finally, an extensive cost evaluation of
D-MUX is presented. To the best of our knowledge, D-MUX is the first
machine-learning-resilient locking scheme capable of protecting against all
known learning-based attacks. Hereby, the presented work offers a starting
point for the design and evaluation of future-generation logic locking in the
era of machine learning.