Quality, Reliability, Security and Robustness in Heterogeneous Networks. 12th International Conference, QShine 2016, Seoul, Korea, July 7–8, 2016, Proceedings

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Firmware Verification of Embedded Devices Based on a Blockchain

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-60717-7_6,
        author={Boohyung Lee and Sehrish Malik and Sarang Wi and Jong-Hyouk Lee},
        title={Firmware Verification of Embedded Devices Based on a Blockchain},
        proceedings={Quality, Reliability, Security and Robustness in Heterogeneous Networks. 12th International Conference, QShine 2016, Seoul, Korea, July 7--8, 2016, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={QSHINE},
        year={2017},
        month={8},
        keywords={Blockchain Firmware verification Embedded device},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-60717-7_6}
    }
    
  • Boohyung Lee
    Sehrish Malik
    Sarang Wi
    Jong-Hyouk Lee
    Year: 2017
    Firmware Verification of Embedded Devices Based on a Blockchain
    QSHINE
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-60717-7_6
Boohyung Lee1,*, Sehrish Malik1,*, Sarang Wi1,*, Jong-Hyouk Lee1,*
  • 1: Sangmyung University
*Contact email: boohyung@pel.smuc.ac.kr, serry@pel.smuc.ac.kr, sarang@pel.smuc.ac.kr, jonghyouk@pel.smuc.ac.kr

Abstract

In this paper, a new firmware verification scheme is presented that utilizes blockchain technologies for securing network embedded devices. In the proposed scheme, an embedded device requests a firmware verification to nodes connected in a blockchain network and gets a response whether its firmware is up-to-date or not. If not latest, the embedded device can securely download and install the latest firmware from a firmware update server. Even in the case that the version of the firmware is up-to-date, its integrity is checked via the blockchain nodes. The proposed scheme guarantees that the embedded device’s firmware is not tampered and latest. The effects of attacks targeting known vulnerabilities are thus minimized.