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Multiple Observations for Secret-Key Binding with SRAM PUFs

Information and Communication Theory Lab, Signal Processing Systems Group, Department of Electrical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Academic Editor: Boris Ryabko
Entropy 2021, 23(5), 590;
Received: 7 April 2021 / Revised: 4 May 2021 / Accepted: 5 May 2021 / Published: 11 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Information Theory, Probability and Statistics)
We present a new Multiple-Observations (MO) helper data scheme for secret-key binding to an SRAM-PUF. This MO scheme binds a single key to multiple enrollment observations of the SRAM-PUF. Performance is improved in comparison to classic schemes which generate helper data based on a single enrollment observation. The performance increase can be explained by the fact that the reliabilities of the different SRAM cells are modeled (implicitly) in the helper data. We prove that the scheme achieves secret-key capacity for any number of enrollment observations, and, therefore, it is optimal. We evaluate performance of the scheme using Monte Carlo simulations, where an off-the-shelf LDPC code is used to implement the linear error-correcting code. Another scheme that models the reliabilities of the SRAM cells is the so-called Soft-Decision (SD) helper data scheme. The SD scheme considers the one-probabilities of the SRAM cells as an input, which in practice are not observable. We present a new strategy for the SD scheme that considers the binary SRAM-PUF observations as an input instead and show that the new strategy is optimal and achieves the same reconstruction performance as the MO scheme. Finally, we present a variation on the MO helper data scheme that updates the helper data sequentially after each successful reconstruction of the key. As a result, the error-correcting performance of the scheme is improved over time. View Full-Text
Keywords: secret-key agreement; Physical Unclonable Functions; helper data scheme; LDPC code secret-key agreement; Physical Unclonable Functions; helper data scheme; LDPC code
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Kusters, L.; Willems, F.M.J. Multiple Observations for Secret-Key Binding with SRAM PUFs. Entropy 2021, 23, 590.

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